actions speak louder than words

people judge by actions more than words, practice what you preach Parents should remember that actions speak louder than words. Kids imitate their parents.

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Actions speak louder than words.

What a person actually does is more important that what they say they will do.

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What you do shows your character better and is more important than what you say. A proverb. John promised to help me, but he didn"t. Actions speak louder than words. Joe is very quiet, but actions speak louder than words. He is the best player on the team.

cloud

cloud In addition to the idioms beginning with cloud, also see head in the clouds, have one"s; on cloud nine; silver lining; under a cloud. * * * - cloud-cuckoo land - cloud over

Cloud cuckoo land

If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land.

Cloud nine

If you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy. ("cloud seven" is a less common alternative)

Cloud of suspicion

If a cloud of suspicion hangs over an individual, it means that they are not believed or are distrusted.

Cloud on the horizon

If you can see a problem ahead, you can call it a cloud on the horizon.

cloud over

cloud over
Also, cloud up. 1) Become overcast with clouds, as in It"s clouding over now, so it may rain soon, or It was too hot and sunny, but after a while the sky clouded up and we ventured outside. 2) Become opaque, misty, or dim, as in I"m sweating so much that my eyeglasses are clouded over.

cloud up

Idiom(s): cloud up
Theme: CRYINGto grow very sad, as if to cry.• The baby clouded up and let out a howl.• Whenever Mary got homesick, she"d cloud up. She really wanted to go home.

cloud-cuckoo land

cloud-cuckoo land
An idealized mythical domain, as in That idea about flying cars is straight out of cloud-cuckoo land. This expression originated as a translation from the Greek of Aristophanes" play The Birds, where it signifies the realm built by the birds to separate the gods from humankind. It came into use in the 1820s. During the 19th century it began to be used for a place of wildly fanciful dreams, unrealistic expectations, or the like, and it also acquired the connotation of “crazy” (from cuckoo, slang for “crazy” since about 1900). Also see la-la land; never-never land.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Idiom(s): Every cloud has a silver lining
Theme: GOODA proverb meaning that there is something good in every bad thing.• Jane was upset when she saw that all her flowers had died from the frost. But when she saw that the weeds had died too, she said, "Every cloud has a silver lining."• Sally had a sore throat and had to stay home from school. When she learned she missed a math test, she said, "Every cloud has a silver lining."

Every cloud has a silver lining.

There is hope even in difficult situations.

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Every trouble has something hopeful that you can see in it, like the bright edge around a dark cloud. A proverb. The doctor told Tommy to cheer up when he had measles. "Every cloud has a silver lining," he said. Compare: IT"S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD.

Facts speak louder than words.

People show what they are really like by what they do, rather than by what they say.

for crying out loud

used to show that you are surprised or angry For crying out loud please turn your radio down a little.

For crying out loud!

Idiom(s): For crying out loud!
Theme: AMAZINGI am amazed! (An exclamation of surprise and mild shock.)• For crying out loud! I didn"t expect to see you here.• For crying out loud! What a time to call someone on the telephone.

for crying out loud|cry out|cry out loud|crying|cr

informal Used as an exclamation to show that you feel surprised or cross. For crying out loud, look who"s here! For crying out loud, that"s the third time you"ve done it wrong. Compare: FOR ONE"S SAKE.

get your head out of the clouds

be more realistic, come down to earth, get real You can dream at home, but please get your head out of the clouds when you come to work.

have one"s head in the clouds

Idiom(s): have one"s head in the clouds
Theme: AWARENESS - LACKING to be unaware of what is going on.• "Bob, do you have your head in the clouds?" said the teacher.• She walks around all day with her head in the clouds. She must be in love.

have your head in the clouds

dream: "He"s always got his head in the clouds - he makes all these impossible plans."

head in the clouds

dreaming, wondering, not practical Shelly is a daydreamer. She"s got her head in the clouds.

head in the clouds, have one"s

head in the clouds, have one"s
Be absentminded or impractical, as in She must have had her head in the clouds when she made the reservations, because they never heard of us, or He"ll never be able to run the business—he"s always got his head in the clouds. This idiom uses in the clouds in the sense of “fanciful” or “unreal,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.

Head is in the clouds

If a person has their head in the clouds, they have unrealistic, impractical ideas.

in the clouds

far from real life, in dreams, in thought He is usually in the clouds so you may have trouble finding out what you want to know from him.

in the clouds|cloud|clouds

adj. phr. Far from real life; in dreams; in fancy; in thought. When Alice agreed to marry Jim, Jim went home in the clouds. Often used with "head", "mind", "thoughts". Mary is looking out the window, not at the chalkboard; her head is in the clouds again. A good teacher should have his head in the clouds sometimes, but his feet always on the ground. Antonym: COME BACK TO EARTH, FEET ON THE GROUND.

loud

loud
In addition to the idioms beginning with loud, also see actions speak louder than words; big mouth, have a; for crying out loud; out loud; think aloud; to wake the dead, loud enough. * * * - loud and clear - loud mouth

loud and clear

Idiom(s): loud and clear
Theme: CLARITYclear and distinctly. (Originally said of radio reception that is heard clearly and distinctly. Fixed order.)• TOM: If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: Stop it! Do you hear me? BILL: Yes, loud and clear.• I hear you loud and clear.

loud mouth

one who talks about things he should not When Bart was a boy, he was a loud mouth. He told our secrets.

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n., slang A noisy, boastful, or foolish talker. Fritz is a loud mouth who cannot be trusted with secrets. When he has had a few drinks, Joe will make empty boasts like any other big mouth.

loud pipes

fixing a muffler to your exhust so it"s loud

loud-mouthed|big mouth|big-mouthed|loud mouth|mout

adj., slang Talking noisily, boastfully, or foolishly. Fred was a loud-mouthed fellow, whose talk no one listened to. If I were you, I would not listen to that loud-mouthed boy.

loudmouth

a noisy, boastful or foolish talker He is a loudmouth and nobody at work likes him.

loudmouth/bigmouth

a noisy, boastful or foolish talker My friend is a loudmouth and is always making foolish plans that he never carries out.

on cloud nine

very happy, riding high When Bev received her diploma, she was on cloud nine.

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adj. phr., slang Too happy to think of anything else; very happy. Ada has been on cloud nine since the magazine printed the story she wrote. We were on cloud nine when our team won the state championship. Compare: ON TOP OF THE WORLD, WALK ON AIR.

out loud

loud enough to hear, spoken clearly Dad was very angry, but he didn"t swear out loud.

out loud|loud|out

adv. phr. In an ordinary speaking voice and not whispering or talking quietly; so everybody can hear; aloud. The teacher read the final grades out loud. Mary spoke out loud so the people standing nearby would hear. Sometimes I find it helpful to think out loud.

think aloud

think aloud
Speak one"s thoughts audibly, as in We need flour, sugar, butter—I"m just thinking aloud.

think out loud

say what one is thinking I am sorry. I was thinking out loud about the new system we have started.

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v. To say what you are thinking. "I wish I had more money for Christmas presents," Father thought aloud. "What did you say?" said Mother. Father answered, "I"m sorry. I wasn"t talking to you. I was thinking out loud."

to wake the dead, loud enough

to wake the dead, loud enough
Very loud, as in That band is loud enough to wake the dead. This hyperbolic expression dates from the mid-1800s.

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under a cloud

1.under suspicion; not trusted被怀疑With the theft of the jewels cleared up, he was no longer under a cloud.由于珠宝盗窃案已经查清,他不再受到怀疑了。

under a cloud of suspicion

Idiom(s): under a cloud (of suspicion)
Theme: SUSPICIONto be suspected of (doing) something.• Someone stole some money at work, and now everyone is under a cloud of suspicion.• Even the manager is under a cloud.

under a cloud|cloud|under

adj. phr. 1. Under suspicion; not trusted. Joyce has been under a cloud since her roommate"s bracelet disappeared. The butcher is under a cloud because the inspectors found his scales were not honest. 2. Depressed, sad, discouraged. Joe has been under a cloud since his dog died.

say (something) out loud

To verbalize something so that others can hear it. If anyone has a suggestion, be sure to say it out loud! Oops, did I say that out loud? I meant to keep that thought to myself.Learn more: loud, out, say

say something out loud

to say something so it can be heard; to say something that others might be thinking, but not saying. Yes, I said it, but I didn"t mean to say it out loud. If you know the answer, please say it out loud.Learn more: loud, out, sayLearn more:
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