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English definition of “sb's bark is worse than their bite”

sb's bark is worse than their bite

If someone's bark is worse than their bite , they are not as unpleasant as they seem , and will not carry out all of their threats : Don't let her frighten you - her bark is worse than her bite .Dangers and threats
(Definition of sb's bark is worse than their bite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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