Definition of be all hat and no cattle in English:

be all hat and no cattle

phrase

US
informal
  • Tend to talk boastfully without acting on one's words:

    ‘in my view, the Senators are all mouth and no action or, as we say in my part of the country, all hat and no cattle’
    • ‘Chappell thinks the NHS shouldn't be broken up, or even handed over to fast-talking private managers who may turn out to be all hat and no cattle.’
    • ‘Betraying all the latent suspicions and canny introspection of the Texas cattleman, they just wanted to know one thing: ‘Is he all hat and no cattle?’’
    • ‘But for all the shiny numbers Manning puts up there is still a slight sense that he is, as they say in Texas, all hat and no cattle.’
    • ‘It's all hat and no cattle, all buckle and no belt; or, as a noted English playwright once put it, ‘It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’
    • ‘And when you run ads saying you are going to take care of Social Security, my friend, that's all hat and no cattle.’
    • ‘They're all hat and no cattle, a long run for a short slide.’