a paper tiger

a paper tiger

a country or organization that seems powerful but is not Will the United Nations be able to make any difference, or is it just a paper tiger?
See also: paper, tiger
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Is Iran a paper tiger when it can move Hezbollah and its master Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, who controls Lebanon 'perforce', whenever and however it feels like it?
Iran is no longer a paper tiger, as it was in the past, because it has become today a force and a reality that threatens our security and interests after it infiltrated the Arab depths with Ahmadinejhad's 'Khameini' statements and with the help of a fifth line which savors Iranian money and Arab parties and movements that carry weapons against their own peoples and countries.