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big talk

noun, Informal.
exaggeration; bragging.
Origin of big talk
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Got him to meet me at Edgeford and make a big talk to the superintendent.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • “You make the big talk, Injun,” sneered Smith, but his mouth was dry.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Of course I don't; you daresn't be frightened after all your big talk before we came out.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • For a happy mingling of lies and truth our "big talk" could hardly be excelled.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • A mild snicker greeted his “big talk,” and the boy flushed hotly.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Me no like big talk like dat," said Lepoko, looking puzzled.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • All, of course, were naturally on hand, to hear the big talk and share the many presents.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • Why don't you quit your big talk, Geta, and tell us your news.

  • But they put a bad name on the Firbolgs and the men of Domnand and the Gaileoin, for lies and for big talk and injustice.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
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


: 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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