(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.
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.
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.
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.