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Paper Tiger 紙老虎 | British English Idiom | Learn English

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This is Stu.
Stu the student.
Stu is going to help me teach you today's idiom.
Aren't you, Stu?
This is a tiger.
You don't mess with a tiger, if you know what's good for you.
Making friends with a tiger's absurd,
Of such friendship nobody has heard;
With one snap of its jaw,
Your friendship's no more,
So a less dangerous friend is preferred.
But imagine if the tiger was made not of skin and muscle and bone...
Imagine if the tiger was made of paper instead.
A paper tiger would not be anywhere near as dangerous as a flesh and blood tiger, would it?
That's why we call something which seems to be a threat, but in reality is not, a paper tiger.
The phrase paper tiger actually comes from the Chinese idiom 紙老虎.
Paper tigers first pounced on the English language in 1836.
In John Francis Davis' book, The Chinese, he observed, "A blustering, harmless fellow they call 'a paper tiger'."
In 1956, China's Chairman Mao said of America: "In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger."
Paper tigers are "all mouth and no trousers".
Paper tigers are always talking but never doing.
Paper tigers lack muscle.
Paper tigers have no teeth.
A paper tiger's roar is worse than its bite.
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Or you'll what?
Nothing!
Just another paper tiger!
You'll find more British English idioms at http://BritishIdioms.com.
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