talk through one's hat


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talk through (one's) hat

1. To say foolish things; to talk nonsense. Don't pay Jonathan any mind, Mary, he's just talking through his hat again.
2. To exaggerate one's achievements or knowledge; to bluff or boast. Dorothy keeps saying she can outrun anyone in our school, but she's talking through her hat if you ask me. It seemed like the candidate was talking through his hat for a while when the debate turned to the topic of tax policy.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

talk through one's hat

Talk nonsense; also, hold forth about something one knows very little about. For example, He was talking through his hat when he described the shipwreck, or Mother went on and on about various screwdrivers but in fact she was talking through her hat . The allusion in this idiom makes no sense either, which may be the point. [Late 1800s]
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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.

talk through one’s hat

in. to say baseless things; to speak carelessly and tell lies. You don’t know what you are talking about. You’re just talking through your hat.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

talk through one's hat, to

To talk nonsense; to pontificate about something one knows little or nothing about. This late nineteenth-century expression calls up an image that makes no sense whatever. Theodore Pratt (Thunder Mountain, 1944) added a little meaning to it, writing, “You’re talking through your hat, and your hat is full of holes.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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