Definition of be all fur coat and no knickers in English:

be all fur coat and no knickers

phrase

British
informal
  • Have an impressive or sophisticated appearance which belies the fact that there is nothing to substantiate it.

    ‘the government's policies are all fur coat and no knickers’
    • ‘But probably the most significant by far was the motion submitted by the MP from Rochdale who went straight to the heart of the political issues facing the nation by stating: ‘Labour's policies are all fur coat and no knickers.’’
    • ‘We keep it real, they're all fur coat and no knickers (as the saying goes)’
    • ‘This type of movie means a load of action but very little plot or characterisation - all fur coat and no knickers.’
    • ‘Stand aside, squeaky, glittery all fur coat and no knickers singers, this singer is a Diva and that's the end of it.’
    • ‘The parliament has already had advice sessions from the head of Glasgow Council's media relations, John Brown, on how to counter the image of being all fur coat and no knickers.’
    • ‘I believe the phrase is all fur coat and no knickers, that company is all about style over substance.’
    • ‘But it was all fur coat and no knickers, lacking any real delight under the drama of its colouring.’