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Entry from December 02, 2007
“All broth and no beans”

"All broth and no beans” is another way for a Texan to say “All hat and no cattle.” In other words, “all puffery and no substance.”

The phrase doesn’t appear to be very old, dating only from possibly the late 1990s and spread by copied internet lists of “Texas Sayings.”


More Texas Talkin’
He’s all broth and no beans.

Texas Sayings about being Boastful and Big
He’s all broth and no beans

Texas Monthly
Texas Sayings
by Anne Dingus
BOASTFUL
He’s all broth and no beans.

Free Republic
Posted on 03/01/2001 09:45:32 PST by grammarman
(...)
He’s all broth and no beans.

The White House (parody website)
For Immediate Release - Office of the Press Secretary - September 25, 2002 - 2:27 P.M. (CST)
PRESIDENT BUSH’S 100% FOOLPROOF NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY, AS PRESENTED TO “THE BOYS IN LUBBOCK”
Remarks by the President
(...)
Our so-called “allies” are making Saddam think the sun comes up just to hear him crow. Just because those folks in the UN want to suck ribs at his little Kurd barbeque, he thinks he’s a smart feller, but he’s not. Hell - he couldn’t pour rain out of a boot with a hole in the toe and directions on the heel. He’s as sharp as mashed potatoes and as full of wind as a corn-eating horse. But mostly, he’s all broth and no beans. And it’s a damn shame the Democrats wouldn’t let my daddy sop up that sumbitch with a chunk of cornbread, chew him up, and be done with him once and for all. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 02, 2007 • Permalink