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3.
a literal English translation of the Chinese phrase zhǐ lǎohǔ (simplified Chinese: 纸老虎; traditional Chinese: 紙老虎), meaning something that seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless.
"All reactionaries are paper tigers." - Mao Zedong
by fettfan91 April 27, 2010
 
1.
1. something appearing strong or fierce, but in reality being all show and no substance, weak, nothing to be feared.

2. an art book publishing company.
1. most bullies and politicians fall into this category.

2. Paper Tiger brings us such awesome artists as Rodney Matthews.
by M.star June 05, 2004
 
2.
One who appears tough on the surface but is really a wimp.
He annoys me because constanly brags about being so tough, but at least he can back up his statements, unlike a paper tiger.
by Word of the Day June 07, 2004
 
4.
outwardly strong but inwardly weak politicians
He is just a papertiger in the government.
by pegglly May 13, 2008
 
5.
a person who has a lot of power and is a tyrant
stalin was the scary paper tiger from soviet russia.
by pinky87 September 05, 2007