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’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘And when you run ads saying you are going to take care of Social Security, my friend, that's 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.’
    • ‘They're all hat and no cattle, a long run for a short slide.’
    • ‘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.’