paper tigerpaper tiger
a person, nation, etc. that seems to pose a threat but is actually ineffective or powerless
One that is seemingly dangerous and powerful but is in fact timid and weak.
Origin of paper tigerTranslation of Chinese (Mandarin) zh&icaron;l&acaron;oh&ucaron; zh&icaron; paper l&acaron;oh&ucaron; tiger
(plural paper tigers)
Translating Mandarin çº¸è€è™Ž (simplified) / ç´™è€è™Ž (traditional) / zhÇ lÇŽohÇ” (pinyin)