One's bark is worse than 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.
See also: bark, bite, worse

One's bark is worse than one's bite.

Prov. Someone makes a lot of harsh-sounding threats but never carries them out. Don't get upset at anything my father says. His bark is worse than his bite. Jill: Lisa says she's going to sue me for letting my dog dig up her rosebushes. John: Don't pay any attention. Her bark is worse than her bite.
See also: bark, bite, worse