Tom tried him off his own ground once or twice, but found he knew nothing beyond, and so let him have his head, and the rest of the road bowled easily away; for old Blow-hard
(as the boys called him) was a dry old file, with much kindness and humour, and a capital spinner of a yarn when he had broken the neck of his day's work, and got plenty of ale under his belt.
Amidst the cantankerous rhetoric and blow-hard
posturing from both sides of the narrow fence, there was some plainspoken eloquence from Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois.
Indeed, helping to unmask the blow-hard
- that is, human - nature of most journalists is perhaps McLaughlin's great contribution to contemporary society.
The plot involves a blow-hard
fishing boat captain (Jonathan Banks) who hates dolphins, shoots them from his boat and is dumping barrels of waste in their breeding grounds.