A person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual.
- In the event, it turns out that the SEC has imposed no sanction of any material consequence, and is in danger of becoming a paper tiger under new chairman, Harvey Pitt.
- A general thrust of my argument is that the postmodern turn in anthropology threatens to be a paper tiger.
- All this activity generated little pressure on legislators, making Schwarzenegger look like a possible paper tiger, very popular with the public but not able to generate much pressure to move legislative votes.
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Syllabification: pa·per ti·ger
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