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all mouth and no trousers

Full of boastful, arrogant, or shallow talk, usually by a male, who then cannot deliver on his claims. A variant of "all mouth and trousers," meaning the same thing. Primarily heard in UK. He talks a big game, but when it actually comes to asking out a woman, he's all mouth and no trousers.
See also: all, and, mouth, no, trouser

all mouth and trousers

Full of boastful, arrogant, or shallow talk, usually by a male, who then cannot deliver on his claims. The variant form, "all mouth and no trousers" (meaning the same), is also often used. Primarily heard in UK. I find that most of the men in the city are all mouth and trousers. They all act like they are God's gift to women, but I've yet to meet one who's at all interesting. The opposition party is all mouth and trousers, for they have no real plan to address the things they are criticizing.
See also: all, and, mouth, trouser

all talk and no trousers

Full of boastful, arrogant, or shallow talk that never materializes into results. A variant of "all mouth and trousers," meaning the same thing. Primarily heard in UK. The team's manager keeps promising title after title, but he's seeming like all talk and no trousers at this point.
See also: all, and, no, talk, trouser

be caught with (one's) trousers down

To be taken by surprise; to be caught in a vulnerable (often embarrassing) position or situation. When the boss started firing questions at me, I was caught with my trousers down and looked like a fool. I just hadn't considered all of those potential outcomes yet and didn't know what to say. We seriously underestimated our opponents on Saturday and were caught with our trousers down.
See also: caught, down, trouser

drop (one's) trousers

To lower one's pants, typically in a public setting. I know you're drunk, but you can't drop your trousers out here! The doctor asked me to drop my trousers so he could give me the shot.
See also: drop, trouser

in the trouser department

1. Literally, relating to or having to do with trousers or pants. Of course, in the trouser department, a nicely fitted pair of slacks will always look more respectable than tracksuit bottoms.
2. slang Relating to or concerning one's penis or its physical aspects. Look at that guy in his big flashy sports car. I reckon it's compensation for not having much in the trouser department, eh?
See also: department, trouser

one-eyed trouser mouse

vulgar slang A penis. They said there's a guy going around flashing his one-eyed trouser mouse to people in Central Park.
See also: mouse, trouser

one-eyed trouser snake

vulgar slang A penis. They said there's a guy going around flashing his one-eyed trouser snake to people in Central Park.
See also: snake, trouser

put (one's) trousers on one leg at a time (just like everybody else)

To be an ordinary human being; to go through life like everyone else. (Used especially in reference to someone who is of an elevated social status, such as a celebrity, star athlete, member of royalty, etc. Variations of "everybody else" are also often used, such as "the rest of us," "you and me," "ordinary people," and so on.) Primarily heard in UK. Because our only interaction with celebrities is through the media, it's easy to forget that they are just human beings who put their trousers on one leg at a time. The superstar comedian's latest non-fiction book gives you a quirky insight into her day-to-day life, and reminds you that she puts her trousers on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. Even though I made my millions at a young age, I was determined that I would still put my trousers on one leg at a time just like everybody else.
See also: everybody, leg, like, on, one, put, time, trouser

puts (one's) trousers on one leg at a time (just like everybody else)

A saying emphasizing that someone is just an ordinary human being. (Used especially in reference to someone who is of an elevated social status, such as a celebrity, star athlete, member of royalty, etc. Variations of "everybody else" are also often used, such as "the rest of us," "you and me," "ordinary people," and so on.) Primarily heard in UK. Because our only interaction with celebrities is through the media, it's easy to forget that they put their trousers on one leg at a time, just like everybody else. The superstar comedian's latest non-fiction book provides a quirky insight into her day-to-day life, and reminds you that she puts her trousers on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. I might be the youngest billionaire in the world, but I still put my trousers on one leg at a time!
See also: everybody, leg, like, on, one, put, time, trouser

trouser snake

vulgar slang A penis. I came in the room and he was standing there with his trouser snake hanging right out in the open.
See also: snake, trouser

trouser trout

vulgar slang A penis. I came in the room and he was standing there with his trouser trout hanging right out in the open.
See also: trouser, trout

wear the trousers

To be in charge in a relationship or family. The phrase is typically applied to a woman. Trousers were historically only worn by men, who were traditionally the decision makers. I think it's pretty obvious who wears the trousers in that family—Grandma Helene. Actually, in our relationship, we both wear the trousers—we make decisions together.
See also: trouser, wear

Who wears the trousers?

Who is in charge of this situation? Typically used to describe who has more power in a relationship or household, with "trousers" denoting masculine authority, as women traditionally wore skirts throughout history. She won't let you go out with me tonight? Who wears the trousers in your relationship, man?
See also: wear, who
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

all mouth and no trousers

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you say that someone is all mouth and no trousers, you mean that they often say they are going to do something impressive or exciting but never actually do it. Ahmed's failure to bid for either company has left him with a reputation for being all mouth and no trousers. Note: Less commonly, people use all mouth and trousers with the same meaning. He was a fast-talking, London media type, all mouth and trousers. Note: Sometimes people use another noun instead of trousers. He says he's going to do something about it but he never will. He's all mouth and no action. Note: Sometimes people just say that someone is all mouth. I wouldn't worry about James — he's all mouth.
See also: all, and, mouth, no, trouser

be caught with your pants down

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

be caught with your trousers down

BRITISH
1. If someone is caught with their pants down or is caught with their trousers down, they are discovered in an embarrassing situation or in a situation for which they are not prepared. The media was caught with its pants down after the story was proved to be false. He was shocked by the manager's walkout on Friday — and admits he was caught with his pants down.
2. If someone is caught with their pants down or is caught with their trousers down, they are discovered having sex with someone they should not be having sex with. He may have been caught with his trousers down in a brothel, but the real villains are those who threatened blackmail.
See also: caught, down, pant

wear the trousers

BRITISH or

wear the pants

If one person in a couple wears the trousers or wears the pants, they make all the important decisions. She may give the impression that she wears the trousers but it's actually Tim who makes all the big decisions. My father said he wanted to discuss the investment with my mother, to which the salesman demanded, `Who wears the pants in your family?' Note: This expression is usually used about women who seem to control their husbands or partners.
See also: trouser, wear
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

drop your trousers

deliberately let your trousers fall down, especially in a public place.
See also: drop, trouser

wear the trousers

be the dominant partner in a marriage or the dominant person in a household. informal
See also: trouser, wear
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

wear the ˈtrousers

(British English) (American English wear the ˈpants) (often disapproving) (especially of a woman) be the partner in a marriage who makes the decisions and tells the other person what to do: It’s not difficult to see who wears the trousers in their house!
See also: trouser, wear
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

trouser snake

and trouser trout
n. the penis. The doctor was taken aback when young Willard used the term “trouser snake.” Stop scratching your trouser trout in public.
See also: snake, trouser

trouser trout

verb
See also: trouser, trout
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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