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    We have a phrase in the U.S. "He's all talk!" or "He's all talk and no action!" or more crudely "He's all mouth"

    It means a person who says he is capable of doing, or will do something, but never does, i.e., much talk and no action.

    Is there a Spanish phrase that conveys this sentiment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente View Post
    We have a phrase in the U.S. "He's all talk!" or "He's all talk and no action!" or more crudely "He's all mouth"

    It means a person who says he is capable of doing, or will do something, but never does, i.e., much talk and no action.

    Is there a Spanish phrase that conveys this sentiment?
    Here are some ideas

    Perro que ladra no muerde e.g. Pedro es un perro que ladra pero no muerde.

    or

    Es un bocon e.g. Pedro es un bocon

    or

    mucho blah, blah e.g. Pedro es mucho blah, blah pero nada mas.

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    Thanks Californiaman.

    I've heard the "barking dog doesn't bite" phrase but the other two are new to me. I'm trying to find a way tell to a person that all he does is talk about returning to school but it's just talk. I want to jolt him a little without being too critical...you know, let him know that his credibility on the subject is nil, since all he ever does is talk about it.
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    Este tipo es puro bla bla...
    Mucho bla bla pero nada...

    Muy tipico en argentina.

    Perro que ladra no muerde no creo que sea lo mismo. Se refiere a alguien que parece malo, o amenazante y en realidad no lo es

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    Gracias Diego

    Creo que tienes razón. Me parece que mucho bla bla pero nada es lo que busco.
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    Mucho ruido y pocas nueces.

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    I agree with Salvardrom. Mucho ruido y pocas nueces is another way to express "he is all talk"

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