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
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.
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.
outwardly strong but inwardly weak politicians
He is just a papertiger in the government.
a person who has a lot of power and is a tyrant
stalin was the scary paper tiger from soviet russia.