bark worse than one's bite
{informal} Sound or speech more frightening or worse than your actions. * /The small dog barks savagely, but his bark is worse than his bite./ * /The boss sometimes talks roughly to the men, but they know that his bark is worse than his bite./ * /She was always scolding her children, but they knew her bark was worse than her bite./

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  • bark worse than one's bite — {informal} Sound or speech more frightening or worse than your actions. * /The small dog barks savagely, but his bark is worse than his bite./ * /The boss sometimes talks roughly to the men, but they know that his bark is worse than his bite./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bark\ worse\ than\ one's\ bite — informal Sound or speech more frightening or worse than your actions. The small dog barks savagely, but his bark is worse than his bite. The boss sometimes talks roughly to the men, but they know that his bark is worse than his bite. She was… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • one's bark is worse than one's bite — ► one s bark is worse than one s bite one is not as ferocious as one seems. Main Entry: ↑bark …   English terms dictionary

  • bark is worse than one's bite — someone isn t as bad as they sound Don t worry if he gets angry his bark is worse than his bite …   Idioms and examples

  • one's bark is worse than one's bite — one is not as ferocious as one seems. → bark …   English new terms dictionary

  • one's bark is worse than one's bite — proverb said of someone whose fierce and intimidating manner is not felt by the speaker to reflect the person s nature …   Useful english dictionary

  • worse — See: BARK WORSE THAN ONE S BITE, FOR BETTER OR WORSE or FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR THE WORSE, GO FROM BAD TO WORSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • worse — See: BARK WORSE THAN ONE S BITE, FOR BETTER OR WORSE or FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR THE WORSE, GO FROM BAD TO WORSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • worse — See: bark worse than one s bite, for better or worse or for better or for worse, for the worse, go from bad to worse …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bite — See: BARK WORSE THAN ONE S BITE, PUT THE BITE ON, ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY at BURNT CHILD DREADS THE FIRE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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