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a big noise
An important, successful, or influential person. Did you hear that Kelly got promoted to senior analyst? She's a big noise now.
empty vessels make (the) most noise
Foolish, unwise, or stupid people are the most talkative. Of course silly old Aunt Helen babbles constantly—empty vessels make the most noise.
empty vessels make the most sound
Unwise people are the most talkative. Of course silly old Aunt Helen babbles constantly—empty vessels make the most sound.
make (all) the right noises
To behave as though one is enjoying, supporting of, or enthusiastic about something, even if that is not the case. I hate going to these fundraisers, but I've learned to make the right noises over the years. The senator made all the right noises about the issue last fall, but six months later and she hasn't done a single thing to address it.
make a noise about (something)
To draw attention to something, as through loud, forceful discussion or complaints. There's a guy at the customer service desk who's been making a noise for the last hour about getting bumped off the flight. We're making an effort in the school to make a noise about bullying, highlighting how far reaching it can be into the lives of students.
make noises about (something)
To have a very broad, general discussion about something one might or wants to do, without getting into specific details or plans. He's been making noises about going to art school for years, but so far she hasn't made any steps toward making that happen.
Empty vessels make the most sound.
Prov. Foolish people make the most noise. I suspect Amy is not very smart. She chatters constantly, and as they say, empty vessels make the most sound.
noise something aboutand noise something abroad; noise something around
to spread around a secret; to gossip something around. Now don't noise it about, but I am going to Houston next week to see my girl. Please don't noise this abroad. Stop noising that gossip around.
See also: noise
COMMON If you make noises about something you might do, you mention it briefly in a way that is not definite or detailed. Hall has recently been making noises about buying back the club. His mother had started making noises about it being time for him to leave home. Note: Adjectives are sometimes added before noises. He made all sorts of encouraging noises that he would love Scotland to stage the European Championships.
make the right noises
If someone makes the right noises about a problem or issue, their remarks suggest that they will deal with the situation in the way that you want them to. The President was making all the right noises about multi-party democracy and human rights. The Labour party certainly made the right noises about transport when they wanted our votes at the last General Election.
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People say empty vessels make the most sound or empty vessels make the most noise to mean that people who talk a lot and give their opinions a lot are often not very intelligent or talented. There's a lot of truth in that old saying, `Empty vessels make the most sound'. Those who are actually content with their choices are not usually interested in telling the rest of us about them. Note: People like this can be called empty vessels. These `experts' who talk a lot but actually say nothing have been shown up for the empty vessels they are. Note: A vessel is a container such as a jug, pot or jar.
empty vessels make most noise (or sound)those with least wisdom or knowledge are always the most talkative. proverb
Vessel here refers to a hollow container, such as a bowl or cask, rather than a ship.
make a noisespeak or act in a way designed to attract a lot of attention or publicity.
a big ˈname/ˈnoise,
a ˈbig shot(informal) an important person: ‘What does Ian’s dad do?’ ‘Oh, he’s a big shot in the City.’ OPPOSITE: small fry
make a (lot of) ˈnoise (about something)(informal) talk or complain about something a lot: People are making more noise these days about pollution. ♢ The unions are making a lot of noise about the new legislation.
make ˈnoises (about something)(informal) show that you are interested in something/in doing something, but not in a direct way: The government has been making noises about listening to the public but it still hasn’t changed any of its policies. ♢ She hasn’t exactly said that she wants to change her job but she has been making noises in that direction.
make (all) the right ˈnoises(informal) behave as if you support or agree with something, usually because it is fashionable or to your advantage to do so: The doctors are making the right noises about the reforms to the health service, but I’m not sure that they actually agree with them.
1. n. an important person. If you’re such a big noise, why don’t you get this line moving?
2. n. the important current news; the current scandal. There’s a big noise up on Capitol Hill. Something about budget cuts.
1. n. empty talk; nonsense. I’ve had enough of your noise. Shut up!
2. n. heroin. (Drugs.) Man, I need some noise now! I hurt!