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big talk

noun, Informal.
1.
exaggeration; bragging.
Origin of big talk
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60
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  • “You make the big talk, Injun,” sneered Smith, but his mouth was dry.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • After all his big talk Derrick had allowed them to be taken by surprise.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • One ounce of practice, Stella, is worth a thousand tons of big talk.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
  • But for all his big talk, Gunnar tossed and muttered that night.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • For a happy mingling of lies and truth our "big talk" could hardly be excelled.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • "Me no like big talk like dat," said Lepoko, looking puzzled.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • Why don't you quit your big talk, Geta, and tell us your news.

  • "I'm going to make a big talk with you before we eat," he said.

    The Man in the Twilight

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • You and I are going to have one big talk, Sheila, after I take you up home.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
Slang definitions & phrases for big talk

big talk

noun phrase

Boastful and extravagant talk; esp promises or claims beyond one's capacity: His promises were just big talk

verb

: Don't big-talk a big-talker, man (mid-1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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