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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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a paper tiger

If you describe a person, country, or organization as a paper tiger, you mean that although they seem to be powerful, they do not really have any power. Unless the assembly has the power to fire the mayor, it will prove to be nothing but a paper tiger. She had shown the country to be a paper tiger, incapable of defending its territories. Note: This is an old Chinese expression which Chairman Mao applied to the United States in the 1950s.
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a paper tiger

an apparently dangerous but actually ineffectual person or thing.
This expression became well known in the West from its use by Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader. In an interview in 1946 , he expressed the view that ‘all reactionaries are paper tigers’.
1998 Oldie We fear that the Rail Regulator and the Consultative Committee are paper tigers and a waste of time.
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a ˌpaper ˈtiger

a person or thing that is less strong, powerful, dangerous, etc. than they/it appears: He claimed that the enemies of his party were paper tigers and not to be feared.This is a translation of a Chinese expression that became well known when it was used by Mao Zedong.
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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.
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Nicknamed "The Paper Tiger Lady," Barbara is the author of several books, including Kiplinger's bestselling "Taming the Paper Tiger," book series.
But by releasing Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi they humiliated Britain and exposed Westminster for the paper tiger it now is.
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Author of the best-selling Kiplinger series, Taming the Paper Tiger, Barbara is working on her next book, Taming the Digital Paper Tiger.
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Grady's company, based in Sunnyvale, California, first experienced success with The Paper Tiger, a software program designed to help organize documents in file cabinets.
Users of what is now known as Kiplinger's The Paper Tiger, which is installed in numerous businesses and government entities including Time Warner, the U.
com), CEO of Hemphill Productivity Institute, Raleigh, NC, and author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work.
Combining the alphanumerical system with a strong search engine, Taming the Paper Tiger software makes filing and retrieval virtually foolproof.
The program is the brainchild of Barbara Hemphill, author of Taming The Paper Tiger, and is produced by The Monticello Corporation in Atlanta.
Barbara Hemphill, author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work, developed The 8-Hour Miracle(TM).