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Definition of bark noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the outer covering of a tree
  2. 2the short loud sound made by dogs and some other animals
  3. 3a short loud sound made by a gun or a voice a bark of laughter
  4. Idioms
    somebody's bark is worse than their bite (informal)
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    used to say that someone is not really as angry or as aggressive as they sound
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