AverageJoe said:I've never heard it before, but it sounds like it means 'talks a lot'
I think more than just talking a lot. I don't know how it got started, but I believe it describes someone so persuasive that s/he could get a donkey that needs all 4 legs to stand and to walk, to give up its rear legs.Artrella said:Yes Joe, that is correct. But I would like to know the origin of this idiom. Like the origin of the "donkey's year" (if you search for it you will find it, but I couldn't find the "hind legs...")
irishstu said:I've also heard "Talk the leg(s) off a chair", which is bound to be related.
Maybe you'll have better luck finding some info on that.
daviesri said:Here is a post that make sense. This must be a UK thing because I have never heard this before and all references I found seemed to originate from the UK.
Sorry I can't help you with the origin but I can tell you that it's quite a common phrase. My Dad uses it all the time in reference to my Mum!
la grive solitaire said:One more---still looking for the original source...
Ta-da! http://greengables-1.tripod.com/sounds/scandalously in love said:awww.. this reminds me of Anne of Green Gables... (anybody read the book/seen the series?? )
Marilla says of Anne Shirley ... "She could talk the hind legs off of a mule!"It's quite amusing. And true.
(Me, too.) Megan Follows, Collen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth--the entire cast was superb, especially in part I, "Anne of Green Gables."garryknight said:I saw the Megan Follows film. A great actress. (OK, so I'm a big softie...)