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a mouth full of South

1. An accent typical of the southern United States. I was a little nervous coming to a big northern city like New York with a mouth full of South like mine, but everyone's been much nicer than I expected.
2. Food, flavors, or cooking styles typical of the southern United States. If you're looking for a mouth full of South, there's a barbecue joint on 5th Street.
See also: full, mouth, of, south

give (one) a mouthful

To scold or yell at one in anger. Primarily heard in UK. I'm definitely going to give Pete a mouthful for not finishing the report on time.
See also: give, mouthful

mouthful of marbles

A phrase used to describe the speech of someone who mumbles when talking. I have such a hard time understanding him—he always sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles.
See also: marble, mouthful, of

say a mouthful

1. To speak at length or voluminously (about something). The senator has already said a mouthful about the issue in press events and on the floor of Congress, but she says this is just the beginning of her campaign. I always say a mouthful when this topic comes up, so tell me to stop if I start rambling.
2. To say something that is particularly poignant, pertinent, or revealing. The executive said a mouthful when he admitted that the company hadn't done enough to protect customers' privacy. This was their worst season in the history of the team, which is saying a mouthful considering how poorly they've done for the last decade.
See also: mouthful, say

you('ve) said a mouthful

1. What you just said is particularly pertinent, poignant, or agreeable. A: "Have you seen the latest policy change in that memo? I swear, this company is going right down the toilet!" B: "You sure said a mouthful, Charlie." A: "There's nothing better in life than a fine glass of wine!" B: "You've said a mouthful!"
2. What you just said was very verbose and complicated. A: "So as you see, the conductors emit ionizing radiation that strips electrons from atoms, rendering this a particularly harmful source of energy." B: "Wow, you sure said a mouthful. I didn't quite make out the finer details, but that's all very bad, right?" Thank you for such extensive advice on the issue—you've certainly said a mouthful. I think I'll just take my computer to a repair shop and let them fix it.
See also: mouthful, said
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

say a mouthful

Fig. to say a lot; to say something very important or meaningful. When you said things were busy around here, you said a mouthful. It is terribly busy. You sure said a mouthful, Bob. Things are really busy.
See also: mouthful, say

You (really) said a mouthful.

Inf. Fig. You said exactly what needed to be said.; What you said was very meaningful and had great impact. Bill: Did you hear what I said to her? Jane: Yes. You said a mouthful. Was she mad? Bill: This is the worst food I have ever eaten. It is either stale, wilted, dry, or soggy! Tom: You said a mouthful!
See also: mouthful, said
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

say a mouthful

Utter something important or meaningful, as in You said a mouthful when you called him a fine musician. This term is often used to express agreement, much as you can say that again is. It was first recorded in 1790.
See also: mouthful, say
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.

give someone a mouthful

talk to or shout at someone in an angry, abusive, or severely critical way; swear at someone. British informal
See also: give, mouthful, someone

say a mouthful

make a striking or important statement; say something noteworthy. North American informal
See also: mouthful, say
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a mouth full of South

n. a southern accent. I just love to hear a man with a mouth full of South.
See also: full, mouth, of, south


1. n. a true statement. You said a mouthful, and I agree.
2. n. a tirade. Paul really gave me a mouthful. I didn’t know I hurt his feelings.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

you said a mouthful

What you said is absolutely true or important or relevant. This American colloquialism dates from the early 1900s. Dorothy Parker used it in Life (Feb. 3, 1921), “‘You said a mouthful.’ I confess.”
See also: mouthful, said
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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