all talk

Meaning(s)

1. promise to take action without true intent

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you're all talk

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To accuse someone of being 'all talk' is to accuse them of making promises that they don't intend to keep. This comes from the longer idiomatic phrase 'all talk and no action.' "She told me she was planning to move out next month, but she's all talk." This is an informal phrase used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. I knew you wouldn't actually confess to breaking the vase. You're all talk.
  2. They're going to know I was all talk when they find out I quit the talent show.

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  1. The Manager kept promising that we would get increases in our salary, but it turned out it was all talk!
  2. I'd like to see you take the lead on this and create some prototypes instead of being all talk.

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