talk through one's hat

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talk through one's hat

  1. (idiomatic) To speak lacking expertise, authority, or knowledge; to invent or fabricate facts.
    • c. 1900, Gilbert Parker, "At The Sign Of The Eagle":
      "Mr. Pride said to me a moment ago that they spoke better English in Boston than any other place in the world."
      "Did he, though, Lady Lawless? That's good. Well, I guess he was only talking through his hat."
  2. (idiomatic) To assert something as true or valid; to bluff.
    • 1922, P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves, ch. 14:
      He's conceited and opinionative and argues all the time, even when he knows perfectly well that he's talking through his hat.


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