Definition of paper tiger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


paper tiger

BrE BrE//ˌpeɪpə ˈtaɪɡə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpeɪpər ˈtaɪɡər//
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a person, a country or a situation that seems or claims to be powerful or dangerous but is not really
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paper tiger