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someone's bark is worse than his or her bite

although someone says things that sound frightening, the person's actions will not be as severe as the things that were said: The boss seems mean, but his bark is worse than his bite.
(Definition of someone's bark is worse than his or her bite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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