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all fur coat and no knickers

Good-looking on the surface but lacking substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's really all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

be all fur coat and no knickers

To be attractive on the surface but lack substance underneath. I thought David and I would really get along well, but we had nothing to talk about at dinner—he's all fur coat and no knickers. Our new boss sounded like she had a lot of good ideas for the department, but it turns out she's all fur coat and no knickers.
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

get (one's) knickers in a knot

To become overly upset or emotional over something, especially that which is trivial or unimportant. Primarily heard in UK. Ah, don't get your knickers in a knot, I'll have the car back by tomorrow morning! In my opinion, people are getting their knickers in a knot over this election.
See also: get, knickers, knot

get (one's) knickers in a twist

To become overly upset or emotional over something, especially that which is trivial or unimportant. Ah, don't get your knickers in a twist, I'll have the car back by tomorrow morning! In my opinion, people are getting their knickers in a twist over this election.
See also: get, knickers, twist

have (one's) knickers in a twist

To be overly upset or emotional over something, especially that which is trivial or unimportant. I hope you don't have your knickers in a twist—I swear I'll have the car back by tomorrow morning! In my opinion, people have their knickers in a twist over this election.
See also: have, knickers, twist

keep (one's) knickers on

To remain calm and composed while waiting for something. Usually used as an imperative. Primarily heard in UK. If all those investors would just keep their knickers on instead of jumping ship at the first sign of danger, the company might have had a chance to recover from the poor reception of their latest hardware. A: "Bill? Bill? Hey, Bill! C'mon, what's the hold up?" B: "I'm coming, I'm coming. Sheesh, keep your knickers on!"
See also: keep, knickers, on
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get your knickers in a twist

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone gets their knickers in a twist, they become very upset or worried about something. He'll get a nasty shock, but he's not the first one, and he won't be the last, so why get our knickers in a twist? Let's not get our knickers in a twist until we see the outcome of those games. Note: You can also say that someone has their knickers in a twist. So why do these MPs have their knickers in a twist? Note: This expression is often used to show that you think that someone is more upset than is reasonable.
See also: get, knickers, twist
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

be all fur coat and no knickers

have an impressive or sophisticated appearance which belies the fact that there is nothing to substantiate it. British informal
See also: all, and, coat, fur, knickers, no

get your knickers in a twist

become upset or angry. British informal
This expression was originally used specifically of women, the humorous masculine equivalent being get your Y-fronts in a twist .
1998 Times I'm not as anxious as I was…Most things these days, I'm really not going to get my knickers in a twist about.
See also: get, knickers, twist
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

get/have your ˈknickers in a twist

(British English) (American English get/have your ˈpanties in a knot) (informal) react too strongly to a difficult situation by getting angry, upset, confused, etc: The boss is getting his knickers in a twist about these sales figures.Don’t get your panties in a knot about it! It’s no big deal.
See also: get, have, knickers, twist
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