A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 14, 2013
“Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew—you have a big mouth”

"Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger ‘n you think” is sometimes described as a Texas proverb or an old-time cowboy proverb, but there is no evidence that this was used in the old west. The saying first appeared in Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On!: A Cowboy’s Guide to Life (1992), by Texas Bix Bender.


Google Books
Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On!:
A Cowboy’s Guide to Life

By Texas Bix Bender
Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith
1992
Pg. 34:
Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger ‘n you think.

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Mike Miller‏
@LibertarianMike
Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think. #quote
12:34 PM - 31 Dec 10

Bryan Patterson’s Faithworks
Posted on June 20, 2013
Cowboy Wisdom
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12. Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.

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Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.
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9:57 PM - 20 Oct 12

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A mouthful!: There is a Texas proverb which says, “Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew.  Your ... http://bit.ly/14HYVyD
8:29 AM - 24 May 13

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Permalink