The British Idiom – Paper Tiger
Definition of Paper Tiger
Something which seems to be a threat, but in reality is not, is called a paper tiger. The phrase paper tiger comes from a Chinese idiom.
Examples of Usage of Paper Tiger
A blustering, harmless fellow they call ‘a paper tiger’. (The Chinese. John Francis Davis 1836) In appearance it [America] is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. (Chairman Mao, 1956)
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