Definition of talk big in English:

talk big

phrase

informal
  • Talk boastfully or overconfidently.

    ‘Henry was new to the job but he was already talking big’
    • ‘A couple of my co-workers have met the challenge, and a couple of them have failed miserably, although they talked big about it afterwards.’
    • ‘Rogers and all of the others who talked big back at the beach began to change when we got to the replacement area in Belgium.’
    • ‘As for the minister, this won't be the first time he has talked big but achieved much less.’
    • ‘My dad was the type who talked big about getting a new car, but rarely acted.’
    • ‘Toad talked big about all he was going to do in the days to come, while stars grew fuller and larger all around them, and a yellow moon, appearing suddenly and silently from nowhere in particular, came to keep them company and listen to their talk.’
    • ‘His detractors on both left and right, however, say he talked big but accomplished little.’
    • ‘If, however, he doesn't stand firm, he will be ridiculed as someone who talked big and couldn't stand the heat in the kitchen.’
    • ‘The retail company talked big but delivered little for consumers.’
    • ‘Behind the green baize bravado was quite evidently a character who talked big when the chips were up, but folded when it came to real life.’
    • ‘She is not a person who talks big; she is just studiously working away.’
    brag, boast, crow, bluster, exaggerate
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