What did Mr. Stein mean sending a boy like that to talk big to an old servant?
I came to Paris by myself to talk big business with Thomery.
At the conclusion of the talk big Foot stared stolidly at Dan for fully ten seconds.
I may have to talk big, and twelve ounces of lead lend weight to an argument.
He drifted to the Temple of Luck, intending to sit easy and smoke a cigar and talk big talk to the evening assembly of brethren.
"You talk big when Zoraida's eyes are not on you," said Kendric.
To-day all sorts of agents and wool-merchants and other trash settle in the town and talk big.
She used to talk big things about me, and the rest used to laugh at her.
Screw your chops about, and make faces with both sides of your mouth, then talk big, using the rough words of us gentry.
In vain they deny their peril, affect to bluster and talk big; their real alarm peeps through the flimsy cloak of bravado.
early 13c., talken, probably a diminutive or frequentative form related to Middle English tale "story," ultimately from the same source as tale (cf. hark from hear, stalk from steal) and replacing that word as a verb. East Frisian has talken "to talk, chatter, whisper." Related: Talked; talking.
To talk shop is from 1854. To talk turkey is from 1824, supposedly from an elaborate joke about a swindled Indian. To talk back "answer impudently or rudely" is from 1869. Phrase talking head is by 1966 in the jargon of television production, "an in-tight closeup of a human head talking on television." In reference to a person who habitually appears on television in talking-head shots (usually a news anchor), by 1970. The phrase is used earlier, in reference to the well-known magic trick (e.g. Senior Wences talking head-in-the-box trick on the "Ed Sullivan Show"), and to actual talking heads in mythology around the world (e.g. Orpheus, Bran).
late 15c., "speech, discourse, conversation," from talk (v.). Meaning "informal lecture or address" is from 1859. Talk of the town first recorded 1620s. Talk show first recorded 1965; talk radio is from 1985.
To speak, if not to perform, impressively: These political embarrassments helped to establish that the Clinton people talked a good game but weren't up to the grownup job of governing (1973+)