all talk (and no action)

all talk (and no action)

Said of one who talks a lot about something that one has not actually done, or will not actually do. She may brag about donating money to the school, but I know she's all talk and no action. Oh, he's all talk—he's never had to face real danger.
See also: all, no, talk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

all talk (and no action)

talking often about doing something, but never actually doing it. The car needs washing, but Bill is all talk and no action on this matter. Bill keeps saying he'll get a job soon, but he's all talk and no action. Bill won't do it. He's just all talk.
See also: all, talk
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

all talk (and no action)

Much discussion but no action or results, as in Don't count on Mary's help-she's all talk, or Dave has been saying for months that he'll get a summer job, but he's all talk and no action . This idiom may have begun life as all talk and no cider, which Washington Irving cited as an American proverb in Salmagundi (1807). However, similar sayings antedate it by many years-for example, "The greatest talkers are always the least doers" (John Ray, English Proverbs, 1670).
See also: all, no, talk
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

all talk

If you say that someone is all talk, you mean that they often say they are going to do something impressive or exciting but never actually do it. These guys aren't reliable. They're all talk. Note: People sometimes use the longer expression all talk and no action. Thus far, Clark has been all talk and no action.
See also: all, talk
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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