English Idioms: Actions speak louder than _____?

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

This expression means that what someone says is different from from what they do. It is often used when someone makes a promise but then doesn’t keep it. For example:

e.g. a) “Dad, I promise I’ll be on time for class and do all my homework as soon as I get it.”

b) “Well that sounds great, but actions speak louder than words. Lets wait a couple of weeks and see if can you really do it.”

e.g. “The director has been promising to hire a new teacher for two months, but we’re still working overtime with no extra pay. I’m going to tell him that actions speak louder than words, and if he doesn’t get a new teacher in 2 weeks, I’m getting a new job.”

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