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 for To talk big
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Big \Big\ (b[i^]g), a. [Compar. Bigger; superl. Biggest.]
     [Perh. from Celtic; cf. W. beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant,
     with child, fr. baich burden, Arm. beac'h; or cf. OE. bygly,
     Icel. biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent,
     excellent, fr. OE. biggen, Icel. byggja, to dwell, build,
     akin to E. be.]
     1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of
        great size; large. "He's too big to go in there." --Shak.
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     2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth
        or produce; -- often figuratively.
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              [Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
                                                    --Addison.
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     3. Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation,
        distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a
        big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied
        to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.
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              God hath not in heaven a bigger argument. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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     Note: Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as,
           big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced.
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     To talk big, to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously.
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              I talked big to them at first.        --De Foe.
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     Syn: Bulky; large; great; massive; gross.
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