(one's) bark is worse than (one's) bite

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(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

bark is worse than one's bite, one's

A person seems more hostile or aggressive than is the case, as in Dad sounds very grouchy in the morning, but his bark's worse than his bite. This phrase was a proverb by the mid-1600s.
See also: bark, worse

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.
See also: bark, bite, worse

someone's bark is worse than their bite

someone 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).
See also: bark, bite, worse

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.
See also: bark, bite, worse
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His bark is worse than his bite and he genuinely cares that people have a fair deal, even though he doesn't make a show of being emotional or involved.
But owner Diane Humble, from Mahon in Cork city, said: "He's going deaf, he's getting old, he's castrated and his bark is worse than his bite.
Little Walter caresses the song's famous hook so softly that one gets the feeling that perhaps his bark is worse than his bite.