talk a big game


1. speak convincingly about your ability to do something






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he talks a big game, but can't back it up

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To ‘talk a big game’ or ‘talk a good game’ means to talk convincingly about your abilities or make people believe things about you that are often false or overstated. The implication with ‘you talk a big game’ is that you don’t really believe what the person is telling you. This is a very casual expression best suited to social situations but you may hear it in professional contexts also. 

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  1. Sarah is very confident about her sporting talent, and certainly can talk a big game, but what makes her stand out is her ability to back it up when put to the test.
  2. That wrestler talks a big game before a fight, but it remains to be seen if he can back it up.
  3. You talk a big game, would you like the opportunity to prove yourself right?

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  1. The truth of the matter is that Frank likes to talk a big game, but when it comes down to it, his sales record simply isn't good enough.
  2. Eddie talked a big game, but when the pressure was on to finish the project before the deadline; he just couldn't deliver.

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