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talk the talk and walk the walk

To back up one's words with equivalent actions. The phrase is used in many different forms, most often to indicate that one is being boastful or to express doubt that one can carry out what they have claimed. Chelsea talks a big game, but she can back it up too—she definitely talks the talk and walks the walk. Anybody can run their mouth like that, but can you talk the talk and walk the walk?
See also: and, talk, walk
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talk the talk, walk the walk

Speak or behave appropriately to some image. Although the first part of this term appears to have originated in the late 1800s—George Meredith used it ca. 1887 in Marian, “She can talk the talk of men. And touch with thrilling fingers”—it did not become current until the second half of the 1900s. A New York Times headline for an article about an organization facing a sex discrimination suit even though it advised the Labor Department on this very subject, read, “Does RAND Walk the Talk on Labor Policy” (Sept. 5, 2004). In The Inner Voice (2004) by opera singer Renée Fleming, she wrote: “Musetta, of course, is a legendary coquette, and I was a famously shy girl from upstate. Even if I could learn how to talk the talk, I was hopeless when it came to walking the walk.”
See also: talk, walk
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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