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walk the talk

To back up one's boastful talk with meaningful actions. (A compressed version of the largely American, "If you're going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk," or, "You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?" and other such iterations.) Primarily heard in UK. This consultant has sold us on some pretty radical ideas, but it remains to be seen whether he can walk the talk.
See also: talk, walk
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Summary: Bishop Gregorius of the Greek Orthodox Church says coexistence of churches and temples prove UAE walking the talk on tolerance
The presence of churches of various denominations and Hindu temples are a testimony of the UAE walking the talk on tolerance.
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The construction workers see me everyday and witness someone walking the talk for safety.
When we do that we are definitely not walking the talk.
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In Walking the Talk, author Carolyn Taylor has written a 'how-to' book designed to teach and provide steps for any sized business to build a culture for success.
Walking the Talk taps into Taylor's 20 years of experience developing corporate culture.
While chairman of the WBCSD, he co-authored a book Walking the Talk which details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.