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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.
(Definition of sb's bark is worse than their bite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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