Share this entry

Share this page

paper tiger

Syllabification: pa·per ti·ger

Definition of paper tiger in English:

noun

A person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of paper tiger in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing