full of it

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full of it

  1. Also, full of the devil. Mischievous, naughty. For example, The youngsters were full of it today, giving the teacher a hard time, or Bill is full of the devil, hiding his roommate's clothes and teasing him mercilessly.

  2. Talking nonsense, as in He claims to have fixed the dock, but I think he's full of it. This usage is a euphemism for ruder idioms like full of crap.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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