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paper tiger

noun

: someone or something that appears powerful or dangerous but is not

Full Definition of PAPER TIGER

:  one that is outwardly powerful or dangerous but inwardly weak or ineffectual
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Examples of PAPER TIGER

  1. The new laws are just paper tigers without any method of enforcement.

First Known Use of PAPER TIGER

1850

Rhymes with PAPER TIGER

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