paper tiger Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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paper tigernoun [C]

uk   us   disapproving
something, such as an ​enemy or ​foreigncountry, that ​seems very ​strong and ​dangerous but is really ​weak and not ​harmful: The ​Soviet Union was ​suddenlyrevealed as a ​papertiger.
(Definition of paper tiger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “paper tiger”
in Chinese (Simplified) 纸老虎(指外强中干的敌人或国家)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 紙老虎(指外強中乾的敵人或國家)…
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