Simple Definition of paper tiger
: 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
Examples of paper tiger in a sentence
The new laws are just paper tigers without any method of enforcement.
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