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paper tiger

noun [C] uk   disapproving us  
something, such as an enemy or foreign country, that seems very strong and dangerous but is really weak and not harmful: The Soviet Union was suddenly revealed as a paper tiger.
Translations of “paper tiger”
in Chinese (Traditional) 紙老虎(指外強中乾的敵人或國家)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 纸老虎(指外强中干的敌人或国家)…
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