all sizzle and no steak

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all sizzle and no steak

Disappointing or anticlimactic. Having an exciting, promising, important, or aggrandizing buildup that proves to be unwarranted. Everyone is in a panic over the supposed water shortages, but personally I think the whole thing is all sizzle and no steak. The film had a lot of hype before its release, but after seeing it, I think it's all sizzle and no steak. Don't worry about not getting tickets to the concert. My cousin saw them last night in New York and said the show is all sizzle and no steak.
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