all mouth and trousers

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Etymology[edit]

mouth, meaning "talk" rather than action and trousers, meaning "showy clothes" i.e. outward or superficial appearance. The phrase originated in Northern England.

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all mouth and trousers (not comparable)

  1. (UK, idiomatic) Superficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.

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  • "All mouth and trousers" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.