- 1A very large solitary cat with a yellow-brown coat striped with black, native to the forests of Asia but becoming increasingly rare.
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- Panthera tigris, family Felidae
- Boller estimates there may be as many as 400 to 500 lions, tigers, and other big cats in the Houston area alone.
- The burgeoning trade in bones and body parts for use in folk medicines threatens tigers and other big cats.
- Next door is the Night Safari where, between 7.30 pm and midnight, you can watch buffalo, deer, tigers and fishing cats as they come out to feed.
- 1.1Used to refer to someone fierce, determined, or ambitious: despite his wound, he still fought like a tiger one of the sport’s young tigersMore example sentences
- As it happens, Cato is a fierce tiger when it comes to advocating for oppressed tobacco firms.
- She growled, like a fierce tiger about to rip its pray to smithereens.
- Angela stepped up now, as blunt and determined as a pacing tiger.
- 1.2 (also tiger economy) A dynamic economy of one of the smaller eastern Asian countries, especially that of Singapore, Taiwan, or South Korea.More example sentences
- ‘For an emergent tiger economy, the Philippines is back once more to being the sick man of Asia,’ she said.
- As with the two most important East Asian tigers, South Korea and Taiwan, state direction was used to build up basic industries while massive repression kept living standards down.
- When they were at the same stage of development as India is now, Asian tigers like South Korea, Taiwan, and China focused on elementary and secondary schools.
have a tiger by the tail
- Have embarked on a course of action that proves unexpectedly difficult but that cannot easily or safely be abandoned.More example sentences
- The Chinese are riding a tiger, and can't easily get off.
- On both occasions politicians, academics and bureaucrats found themselves riding a tiger of unanticipated national emotion.
- If things work out and you become an institution, how long will it be before you're riding a tiger and can't get off?
Middle English: from Old French tigre, from Latin tigris, from Greek.
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