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a big noise

An important, successful, or influential person. Did you hear that Kelly got promoted to senior analyst? She's a big noise now.
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empty vessels make (the) most noise

Foolish, unwise, or stupid people are the most talkative. Of course silly old Aunt Helen babbles constantly—empty vessels make the most noise.
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empty vessels make the most sound

Foolish, unwise, or stupid people are the most talkative. Of course silly old Aunt Helen babbles constantly—empty vessels make the most sound.
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make (all) the right noises

To behave as though one is enjoying, supporting, or enthusiastic about something, even if that is not the case. I hate going to these fundraisers, but I've learned to make the right noises over the years. The senator made all the right noises about the issue last fall, but, six months later, she hasn't done a single thing to address it.
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make a noise about (something)

To draw attention to something, as through loud, forceful discussion or complaints. There's a guy at the customer service desk who's been making a noise for the last hour about getting bumped off the flight. We're making an effort in the school to make a noise about bullying, highlighting how far reaching it can be into the lives of students.
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make noises about (something)

To have a very broad, general discussion about something one might do or wants to do, without getting into specific details or plans. She's been making noises about going to art school for years, but so far she hasn't made any steps toward making that happen.
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make noise (about something)

To be very vocal or outspoken about something, especially that which one dislikes or disagrees with. "Noise" is often preceded my adjectives like "a lot of," "more," "much," etc. Consumers have begun making a lot more noise about policies of the company that they claim are manipulative and predatory. We have to continue making noise, or else the people in congress who can actually fix the law will never pay attention to the issue.
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Empty vessels make the most sound.

Prov. Foolish people make the most noise. I suspect Amy is not very smart. She chatters constantly, and as they say, empty vessels make the most sound.
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noise something about

 and noise something abroad; noise something around
to spread around a secret; to gossip something around. Now don't noise it about, but I am going to Houston next week to see my girl. Please don't noise this abroad. Stop noising that gossip around.
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make noises

COMMON If you make noises about something you might do, you mention it briefly in a way that is not definite or detailed. Hall has recently been making noises about buying back the club. His mother had started making noises about it being time for him to leave home. Note: Adjectives are sometimes added before noises. He made all sorts of encouraging noises that he would love Scotland to stage the European Championships.
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make the right noises

If someone makes the right noises about a problem or issue, their remarks suggest that they will deal with the situation in the way that you want them to. The President was making all the right noises about multi-party democracy and human rights. The Labour party certainly made the right noises about transport when they wanted our votes at the last General Election.
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empty vessels make the most sound


empty vessels make the most noise

People say empty vessels make the most sound or empty vessels make the most noise to mean that people who talk a lot and give their opinions a lot are often not very intelligent or talented. There's a lot of truth in that old saying, `Empty vessels make the most sound'. Those who are actually content with their choices are not usually interested in telling the rest of us about them. Note: People like this can be called empty vessels. These `experts' who talk a lot but actually say nothing have been shown up for the empty vessels they are. Note: A vessel is a container such as a jug, pot or jar.
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empty vessels make most noise (or sound)

those with least wisdom or knowledge are always the most talkative. proverb
Vessel here refers to a hollow container, such as a bowl or cask, rather than a ship.
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make a noise

speak or act in a way designed to attract a lot of attention or publicity.
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a big ˈname/ˈnoise


a ˈbig shot

(informal) an important person: ‘What does Ian’s dad do?’ ‘Oh, he’s a big shot in the City.’ OPPOSITE: small fry
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make a (lot of) ˈnoise (about something)

(informal) talk or complain about something a lot: People are making more noise these days about pollution.The unions are making a lot of noise about the new legislation.
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make ˈnoises (about something)

(informal) show that you are interested in something/in doing something, but not in a direct way: The government has been making noises about listening to the public but it still hasn’t changed any of its policies.She hasn’t exactly said that she wants to change her job but she has been making noises in that direction.
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make (all) the right ˈnoises

(informal) behave as if you support or agree with something, usually because it is fashionable or to your advantage to do so: The doctors are making the right noises about the reforms to the health service, but I’m not sure that they actually agree with them.
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big noise

1. n. an important person. If you’re such a big noise, why don’t you get this line moving?
2. n. the important current news; the current scandal. There’s a big noise up on Capitol Hill. Something about budget cuts.
See also: big, noise


1. n. empty talk; nonsense. I’ve had enough of your noise. Shut up!
2. n. heroin. (Drugs.) Man, I need some noise now! I hurt!
References in classic literature ?
There was a pattering noise and an old woman rat poked her head round a rafter.
Anna Maria was about to argue the point, when all at once there began to be other sounds up above--the rasping noise of a saw; and the noise of a little dog, scratching and yelping!
Crackit spoke in a scarcely audible whisper, and laughed without noise, Sikes imperiously commanded him to be silent, and to get to work.
It's no use your making any noise, for you won't be found out by them as has broken in, and you'll only be hoarse when you come to the speeches,--which is a pity.
While the hangman addressed them to this effect, in the tone and with the air of a pastor in familiar conversation with his flock, the noise had been in some degree subdued; for the rioters were busy in conveying the prisoners to the Sessions House, which was beyond the main walls of the prison, though connected with it, and the crowd were busy too, in passing them from thence along the street.
Then the noise, if there were any, would have ceased, and Mr Flintwinch would snarl, turning upon her as if she had cut him down that moment against his will, 'Affery, old woman, you shall have a dose, old woman, such a dose
I started to get up, and knocked down an umbrella; it made a noise like a pistol-shot when it struck that hard, slick, carpetless floor; I grated my teeth and held my breath--Harris did not stir.
It was not a large one, but it made noise enough for a panorama.
Don Quixote, hearing it, said, "What noise is that, Sancho?
Once more he tried his luck, and succeeded so well, that without any further noise or disturbance he found himself relieved of the burden that had given him so much discomfort.
It lasted nearly three hours; he then heard a noise of something falling, and all was silent.
For a week since he had resolved to die, and during the four days that he had been carrying out his purpose, Edmond had not spoken to the attendant, had not answered him when he inquired what was the matter with him, and turned his face to the wall when he looked too curiously at him; but now the jailer might hear the noise and put an end to it, and so destroy a ray of something like hope that soothed his last moments.
Verily, he believeth only in Gods that make a great noise in the world!
The words, "Oh, nonsense," never passed my lips, because I could not cheat myself into denying that there had been a noise; and that the noise was in the fencing-room.
However, there had been that noise - the why and the how of it?