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paper tiger

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

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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