bark is worse than bite

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Related to bark is worse than bite: out of whack, To Say the Least, up to par, same old same old, perish the thought

somebody's bark is worse than their bite

if someone's bark is worse than their bite, they are not as unpleasant as they seem, and their actions are not as bad as their threats I wouldn't be scared of her if I were you. Her bark's a lot worse than her bite.
See also: bark, bite, worse