all talk and no action

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all talk and no action (uncountable)

  1. Speaking, promising, or boasting much, but doing little.
    • 20 January 2017, Donald Trump, Inauguration Speech
      We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action - constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
    • 2017, BioWare, Mass Effect: Andromeda (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC:
      Jaal: Let's do it Peebee.
      Peebee: Uh... do what?
      Jaal: Find out if asari and angara can mate. You and I—we can be pilgrims.
      Peebee: Uh, Ryder?
      Ryder: You got yourself into this.
      Peebee: Jaal... uh, yeah, that's not exactly in my immediate plans...
      Jaal: You mean you'd let someone else beat you to it?
      Peebee: I...
      Jaal: I didn't know you were... what is that saying Ryder?
      Ryder: All talk.
      Jaal: All talk.



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