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Or two, and at least one shortening; as in like a barber’s cat, all wind and no water, current in the C20 MN and cited in Seamen and the Sea, ed. Hope, 1965, and as in all wind and no piss, current in both RN and MN, meaning ‘all talk, no action’— current since the late 1940s, if not earlier (Peppitt, 1977). , all crumbs and piss…, both dating from early C20 (Eric Townley, 1978). Smith, Bath, draws attention to the Cumbrian dial. all wind and woo like a burnywind’s [=smith’s] bellows (EDD, at wind).
Pp. I’ve there encountered). all up in here. Synon. with where it’s at: American Negro: since 1960 at latest. The Third Ear, 1971. all very large and fine! , and by 1950 †, its place having been taken by all very fine and large, usu. prec, by it’s or that’s. all we want is the facts, ma’am (, just the facts)! ‘Jack Webb as Joe Friday, the fast-talking [monotonous-voiced] cop in the American TV series Dragnet (1951–8, 1967–9)’ (VIBS). Occ. rendered as just give me the facts, ma’am; all I want is the facts.
Which could, indeed, have generated all my eye, if, in fact, the Fr. phrase preceded the English, although prob. each arose independently of the other and was created by that ‘spontaneous combustion’ which would account for so much that is otherwise unaccountable in English. The full all my eye and Betty Martin is less used in the 1970s than it was in the 1870s, but ‘there’s life in the old girl yet’. Inevitably the and Betty Martin part of the complete phrase has caused much trouble and even more hot air: who was she?