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Fur Coat No Knickers

Fur coat black hold-ups

#Sinful Sunday
 
 I expect you’ve heard the saying “all mouth and no trousers” – the British idiom which refers to someone boastful who cannot back up their boasts with actions in the, er, trouser department.

The rather wonderful Dictionary of Slang defines the phrase as “boastful and without just reason, eg ‘you shouldn’t pay any attention to him, he’s all mouth and no trousers’.”

It seems as if there is a parallel with another idiom “all fur coat and no knickers”, which it defines as “of a woman, all superficial appearance and no real substance beneath”.

Now until I checked this out I thought the term meant a saucy woman, who knows what she wants and how to get it.

Decide for yourself, I’d love to hear your thoughts – this is my image for  week #407

 

12 thoughts on “Fur Coat No Knickers

  1. I'm not a Brit, but I've seen that phrase used in writing. It most often has been in reference to being different than you'd expect underneath the surface, particularly along the lines of Sinatra's "The Lady Is A Tramp," or the (hideous) lady-in-the-drawing-room/whore-in-the-bedroom analogy.

    I'm not a fan of the phrase. (Nor of fur coats or knickers for that matter.) But you've pulled it off in photographic form quite well. 🙂

  2. A phrase loved by my Grandmother, it means that you are all about how everything looks on the outside but that underneath things are not as perfect.

    And a phrase I have been meaning to take a picture for as well but you beat me too it. I might still give it a go especially as I now have some stocking to match my coat 😉

    Mollyx

  3. Ha! What a couple of interesting slang phrases. Those aside, I like saucy as a definition. It certainly sounds naughtier than it actually is. You look very fetching here, Posy.

    Cara T

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    I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new
    updates.

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