(one's) bark is worse than (one's) bite(redirected from one's bark is worse than one's bite)
(one's) bark is worse than (one's) bite
One's actions will not be nearly as severe as one's words imply. Don't worry about John's threats. His bark is worse than his bite.
your bark is worse than your bite
If someone's bark is worse than their bite, they seem to be much more severe or unfriendly than they really are. My bark is definitely worse than my bite. When people get to know me, they'll tell you I'm just a big softy really.
someone's bark is worse than their bitesomeone is not as ferocious as they appear or sound.
A similar association between barking and biting occurs in the proverb a barking dog never bites , which can be traced back through 13th-century French (chascuns chiens qui abaie ne mort pas , dogs that bark don't bite) to Latin (canem timidum vehementius latrare quam mordere , a timid dog barks more furiously than it bites).
his, her, etc. bark is worse than his, her, etc. bite(informal) somebody is not really as angry or unkind as they seem: Don’t worry about my father being angry — his bark is worse than his bite.
A bark is the short loud sound made by dogs, especially when they are angry.