All Mouth and No Trousers

What Does "All Mouth and No Trousers" Mean?

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"All mouth and no trousers" is an English idiom. It means "all talk and no action; someone who talks a lot but doesn't follow through."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "all mouth and no trousers" used in a sentence:
  • He promised to finish the project in record time, but he's all mouth and no trousers.
  • She talks big about her plans, but she's all mouth and no trousers.
  • The committee is all mouth and no trousers – they've done nothing they promised.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "All Mouth and No Trousers" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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