paper tiger definition

  • noun:
    • One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak: "They are paper tigers, weak and indecisive” ( Frederick Forsyth).
    • A seemingly brutal individual or thing minus the ability to back-up their terms.
    • a person or team that appears to be powerful and dangerous it is actually poor and ineffectual.
    • the nature of one or organization that appears effective it is actually powerless and ineffectual

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