The British Idiom – Its bark is worse than its bite
Definition of Its bark is worse than its bite
Somebody whose bark is worse than their bite is not as horrible or threatening as they appear to be.
Examples of Usage of Its bark is worse than its bite
My boss comes across as a really nasty piece of work, but in reality her bark’s much worse than her bite. Don’t worry about Dad. He used to be a Sergeant Major and his bark’s worse than his bite. He’s a real pussycat when you get to know him.
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