paper tiger


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paper tiger

n.
One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak.

[Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) zhǐlǎohǔ : zhǐ, paper + lǎohǔ, tiger.]

paper tiger

n
a nation, institution, etc, that appears powerful but is in fact weak or insignificant
[C20: translation of a Chinese phrase first applied to the US]

pa′per ti′ger


n.
a person, nation, etc., that has the appearance of power but is actually weak and ineffectual.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paper tiger - the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual; "he reminded Mao that the paper tiger had nuclear teeth"
impotence, impotency, powerlessness - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
Translations
paperitiikeri

paper tiger

ntigre f di carta
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Also debunked are the beliefs that Russia is still reeling from its Afghanistan adventure, that it is suffering and paralyzed by sanctions, and that it is a paper tiger.
This week we particularly welcome The University of Oxford, Sheffield Science Park, Somerset-based Alliance Leisure Services, Ethicall charity fundraising, Changeworks environmental charity in Edinburgh, Nottingham Women's Centre, Edinburgh-based card-makers Studio One and Paper Tiger, the Northern Light Cinema in Wirksworth, Derbyshire and the brilliant Bike Project - refurbishing bikes for refugees in South London.
Therefore, it is time to ensure that international law is not merely a paper tiger, but a legal system which protects rights, establishes obligations and, most importantly, creates realities on the group in accordance with its values and principles.
If a paper tiger has proved this costly for you, then what will happen if a real tiger comes before you," Modi told the rally in Bankura.
Apter is also operations director of homewares specialist Studio One on Stafford Street and of stationery to gift retailer Paper Tiger, which has stores in Stafford Street and Lothian Road.
Saying that the CM, who had earlier vowed to obstruct the introduction of the bill in the assembly, had run away from his responsibility and added it is now clear he is only a paper tiger and the talk of his fight for keeping the state unified is only a drama.
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aThe Socialists are not even a paper tiger any more.
The tutorial level is simple enough but a later boss fight with a paper tiger is epic and exacting.
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