Posted by R. Berg on March 02, 2003
In Reply to: All mouth and trousers posted by jim on March 02, 2003
: can anyone tell me if this is
: all mouth and trousers
Yes, that phrase is in Eric Partridge's book "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British" and is defined as "noisy and worthless stuff," applied to "a loud-mouthed, blustering fellow."
It must be a British phrase. I haven't heard it here in the U.S.