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broken vessel

Someone who is or feels completely destroyed, hollow, forsaken, or inadequate. Taken from the biblical symbolism of a person being a vessel into which God fills divine wisdom and grace. I have no one who cares about me, and I have no job or prospects. I'm feeling like a broken vessel these days.
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weaker vessel

A woman. The phrase comes from the New Testament. I don't care if you think I'm just a weaker vessel—I've trained to fight on the front lines.
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burst a blood vessel

1. To put forth great effort towards some goal or end. Annabelle practically burst a blood vessel cleaning the whole house and setting up all the guest rooms for you guys, and you don't even appreciate it!
2. To become angry and begin yelling. The boss burst a blood vessel when he heard that the printer still hadn't finished our order.
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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

Unwise people are the most talkative. Of course silly old Aunt Helen babbles constantly—empty vessels make the most sound.
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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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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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empty vessels make the most sound

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empty vessels make the most noise

OLD-FASHIONED
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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ˌburst a ˈblood vessel

(informal) get very angry and excited: When I told Dad I’d damaged the car, he nearly burst a blood vessel.
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References in classic literature ?
The last warrior to leave the deck turned and threw something back upon the vessel, waiting an instant to note the outcome of his act.
Each carried a strange banner swung from stem to stern above the upper works, and upon the prow of each was painted some odd device that gleamed in the sunlight and showed plainly even at the distance at which we were from the vessels.
But," replied the owner, glancing after Dantes, who was watching the anchoring of his vessel, "it seems to me that a sailor needs not be so old as you say, Danglars, to understand his business, for our friend Edmond seems to understand it thoroughly, and not to require instruction from any one.
On his arrival in England, therefore, Captain Phips solicited the king to let him have another vessel and send him back again to the West Indies.
But while the vessel flew faster and faster towards Crete, Theseus was astonished to behold a human figure, gigantic in size, which appeared to be striding, with a measured movement, along the margin of the island.
We were still some distance from the beach, and under slow headway, when we sailed right into the midst of these swimming nymphs, and they boarded us at every quarter; many seizing hold of the chain-plates and springing into the chains; others, at the peril of being run over by the vessel in her course, catching at the bob-stays, and wreathing their slender forms about the ropes, hung suspended in the air.
This look had escaped Buckingham, who had eyes for nothing but Norfolk, of whom he was evidently very jealous; he seemed anxious to remove the princesses from the deck of a vessel where the admiral reigned supreme.
The Russian establishment was chiefly dependent for its supplies upon transient trading vessels from the United States.
Presently the vessel veered toward the west and then swung gracefully to the south.
The prize crew soon had the vessel under proper sail once more and the living members of the ill-starred company carried below to their hammocks.
For a long hour she lay wondering what fate had overtaken the vessel and whither she had been driven, and then, with a gentle grinding sound, the ship stopped, swung around, and finally came to rest with a slight list to starboard.
Beaten back on to the deck of his own vessel, and closely followed by a dozen Englishmen, he disengaged himself from them, ran swiftly down the deck, sprang back into the cog once more, cut the rope which held the anchor, and was back in an instant among his crossbow-men.
So they were taken up and put on board a sailing vessel at Markdale Harbour to be taken back to Maine, while the father himself went home on a passenger steamer.
next season I'll have the vessel fitted with engines.
Commiserating their position, as foreigners in a strange land, and knowing no reason for detaining them, the commander signalled for a shore boat, and the three men left the vessel.