talk big


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

talk big

To boast or brag about one's own abilities, skills, success, achievements, etc., especially when such bragging runs contrary to reality. He talks big about all the things he's doing to make the country safer, but so far his administration hasn't done squat. She likes to talk big about how great a tennis player she is, but I don't think she's even won a tournament.
See also: big, talk

talk big

to brag; to make grandiose statements. She talks big but can't produce anything. He has some deep need to talk big, but it's just talkno action.
See also: big, talk

talk big

Brag, boast, as in I don't believe he's ever shot even a duck, but he sure talks big about hunting. This colloquial idiom was first recorded in 1699.
See also: big, talk

talk big

talk confidently or boastfully. informal
See also: big, talk

talk ˈbig

(disapproving) tell people how good you are or promise many things: The President talks big but he doesn’t do anything.
See also: big, talk

talk big

in. to brag; to make grandiose statements. He has some deep need to talk big. He can’t do anything.
See also: big, talk

talk big

Informal
To brag.
See also: big, talk
References in periodicals archive ?
Bryan Sanderson, Learning and Skills Council chairman said: 'Employers talk big when it comes to training but are failing to deliver.'
On this as with everything else, New Labour talk big and deliver Tory.
The American attitude toward women, their proneness to spoil a girl, to build up, to exaggerate, talk big, and to act with generosity and flamboyance, helped to make them the most attractive boyfriends."
It's easy to talk big but what did they actually do?," she asked.
We don't mind jostling with the big boys when the need arises - and the thought that we might talk Big Vince into joining us, rattling a few cages to get a spirited argument across, appeals here.
Those who like to talk big numbers and aren't fussed about the price of fuel will choose the 650i with its 450bhp V8 engine.
h oy Those who like to talk big numbers and aren't fussed about the price fuel, will choose the 650i with its 450bhp V8 engine.
"You can look foolish in sport if you talk big and don't deliver.