Last modified on 15 January 2014, at 14:47

all mouth and trousers

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EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

all mouth and trousers (not comparable)

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

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ReferencesEdit

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