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big hat, no cattle

Full of talk that is more impressive than that which one actually possesses or is able to do. He talks as though he knows more than anyone else, but he's big hat, no cattle.
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big hat, no cattle

All talk and nothing to back it up. “Big hat” is the Western ten-gallon variety; the term is often applied to ranchers. On the theory that if you're going to wear one, you'd better be a cowboy and not just dress like one, you should be able to produce a head or more of livestock. If you couldn't, you were just full of hot air.
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Wear a big hat, and be comfortable!' I said I would if I had one, and he has sent me this to try me.
It's simmering now, so I hope he'll keep out of my way," returned Jo, biting her lips as she glowered at Fred from under her big hat.
But I just went to work and imagined that I had on the most beautiful pale blue silk dress--because when you ARE imagining you might as well imagine something worth while--and a big hat all flowers and nodding plumes, and a gold watch, and kid gloves and boots.
Theirs was an almost obliterated Buddhism, overlaid with a nature-worship fantastic as their own landscapes, elaborate as the terracing of their tiny fields; but they recognized the big hat, the clicking rosary, and the rare Chinese texts for great authority; and they respected the man beneath the hat.
When viewed from below, this deck resembles a hat, so the center is affectionately called the "Big Hat."
Approximately $44,800 was earned from fundraising events such as the Big Hat High Tea and the Shining Stars of Nursing dinner.
About Big Hat Outdoors: Big Hat Outdoors, LLC is the parent company of Gage Outdoors founded by John and Kimberly Kalan of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In the second picture of Duff and Koma, she wears the same dress and a big hat, while Koma wore a light blue shirt tucked into black skinny jeans.
She stood there with her new easel, new paints, new canvas and her big hat. After two hours, with nothing painted, Jim came back, looked at her blank canvas and said "Just Do It!" That was the beginning of Margaret's painting career.
Opening up about the Me Too movement against sexual violence towards women, Ruth reveals: "My mother used to make me carry a great big hat pin.
He already had a very big hat with the planning and development ministry.
We would all contribute - what a big hat. A trip to the seaside, we'll go again, As long as it's sunny and doesn't rain.
Sometimes I get hungry and want home-grown food so put a big hat on and go to Peckham.,
Also having a bit of a chin wag is the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams, above, sporting yet another big hat from his fabulous collection.
"And you?" she smiled from under her famous big hat.