a person, group, nation, or thing that has the appearance of strength or power but is actually weak or ineffectual.
a nation, institution, etc, that appears powerful but is in fact weak or insignificant
A menacing person or thing that in fact lacks force; a blusterer: doing battle with a paper tiger when he aims his wrath at the white liberal
[1952+; fr the Chinese expression tsuh lao fu, ”paper tiger,” given currency by Mao Zedong]
noun 1. a written or printed record, as of transactions or judicial opinions, especially when used to incriminate someone. noun phrase Records, documents, etc, that lead to a conclusion: Officials had expected to find a damning paper trail of incriminating evidence (mid-1980s+)
[pey-per-treyn] /ˈpeɪ pərˌtreɪn/ verb (used with object) 1. to train (a pet) to defecate or urinate on sheets of disposable paper.
noun 1. any of several social wasps, as the yellow jacket or hornet, that construct a nest of a paperlike substance consisting of chewed plant material.
[pey-per-weyt] /ˈpeɪ pərˌweɪt/ noun 1. a small, heavy object of glass, metal, etc., placed on to keep them from scattering. /ˈpeɪpəˌweɪt/ noun 1. a small heavy object placed on loose papers to prevent them from scattering