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"All hat and no cattle"

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by huntsie, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    What does it mean? Saw the expression for the second time in three days in the LA Times morning briefing and I don't understand it. Please explain.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Looks the part but ain't.
    Dresses like a rancher but doesn't have a ranch.

    Like a basketball player who is all-airport. Tall and athletic looking but can't play.
  3. Highway 101

    Highway 101 Active Member

    Not that this adds much to Moddy,

    It describes a guy who talks the talk but can't walk the walk. It can also be used in reference to a guy who flashes a lot of money around during the day but lives in a trailer and eats Ramen at night.

    Got it?
  4. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Got it. Thanks for the explanation. Just if I start using it in my copy, I want to be able to explain it. ::)
  5. I've always heard it as all hat, no cattle (no and in there).
    Either way, the other guys have summed it up for you.
  6. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Yeah, you really shouldn't.
  7. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

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  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Nice pull. A pictionary description.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  9. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/6482734/all_hat_no_cattle
  10. George W. Bush was head cheerleader in prep school.....................
  11. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    This is more on point, seems to me:

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Back home, the phrase is all mouth and no trousers.
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