barking dog never bites

barking dog never bites

Prov. Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats. Old Mrs. Smith keeps saying she'll call the police if we walk on her lawn, but don't worry. A barking dog never bites. My boss threatens to fire me at least once a week, but a barking dog never bites.
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Every dog has his day, if you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas, let sleeping dogs lie, a live dog is better than a dead lion, why keep a dog and bark yourself, a barking dog never bites, love me - love my dog, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, dog does not eat dog (and I thought it was the reverse).