paper tiger

noun
|Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of paper tiger

: one that is outwardly powerful or dangerous but inwardly weak or ineffectual

Examples of paper tiger in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of paper tiger

1836

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Definition of paper tiger for English Language Learners

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


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