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paper tiger

A nation or organization that gives the impression that it is threatening or powerful when, in reality, is not. Many people see North Korea as nothing more than a paper tiger, despite its threats against other countries. The new management team tries to command respect through lots of blustery speeches, but all of us workers just see it as a paper tiger.
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paper tiger

Something that appears dangerous but is not. The phrase comes from a Chinese expression that means what it does in English—something or someone that is all bark but no bite. The phrase is often used in international diplomacy to describe a nation that makes threats but is unlikely to back them up with action.
See also: paper, tiger
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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.
Concerned as it is with recapturing the past--in this case, the narrator's days as a militant Maoist revolutionary for "The Cause" in Paris during the '60s and '70s--Proust is a fitting genius loci for Paper Tiger, though here the tone is not one of celebration, however elegiac, for the power of memory and art, but of dissolution and defeat.
The more expensive lease that MetLife signed when Blackstone took control of Equity's portfolio, was little more than a paper tiger, according to sources familiar with its terms.
The Bush administration believes that Iran sees the US as a kind of paper tiger, and this is Washington's answer to that", said Afshin Molavi, at the New America Foundation in Washington.
Author of the best-selling Kiplinger series, Taming the Paper Tiger, Barbara is working on her next book, Taming the Digital Paper Tiger.
We are really worried the bylaw will become a paper tiger that will not be applicable to cleaning up the city's air," said MEB secretary-general Ahmed Syafrudin.
The irony and tragedy of Bush's second term might well be that even if force or the threat of force were necessary--to deal with North Korea and Iran, for instance--George Bush would be a paper tiger.
She is the best-selling author of the Kiplinger book series Taming the Paper Tiger and Love it or Lose it.
Everyone on that list can be proud, but Garry Williams, billed as "undoubtedly Australia's most successful" competitor in Paper Tiger catamaran sailing, may feel a bit aggrieved at the spelling mistake in the hall of fame website that labels him "arguably the most successful Australian seller to emerge from inland New South Wales".
Or perhaps you've discovered some helpful tips for taming the paper tiger.
chief executive who has wondered whether the euro would change the competitive landscape--and it's hard to imagine that anyone did not, if only briefly--the new bills show the euro for what it is: a paper tiger.
Consumer Product Safety Commission: The Paper Tiger of American Product Safety" to prove her thesis that it is a "paper tiger.
Paper Tiger recalled the 1930s in its condescending image of black people smooching and strutting.
com), CEO of Hemphill Productivity Institute, Raleigh, NC, and author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work.