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One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak.
[Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) zhǐlǎohǔ : zhǐ, paper + lǎohǔ, tiger.]
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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]
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a person, nation, etc., that has the appearance of power but is actually weak and ineffectual.
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|Noun||1.||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"|
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