all bark and no bite

All bark and no bite
When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • all bark and no bite — adjective a) Full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious. b) Describes someone who often says cutting remarks, but actually has a soft personality underneath …   Wiktionary

  • all hat and no cattle — adjective Full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious. A fortune can be made on the prairie, and thats what me and Mr. B aim to do. Dont aim to be all hat and no cattle forever, let me tell you! Syn: all bark and no …   Wiktionary

  • Bark (utterance) — A bark is a noise most commonly produced by dogs and puppies. Other animals that make this noise include wolves and quolls. Woof is the most common representation in the English language for this sound (especially for large dogs). Other… …   Wikipedia

  • bite — [[t]ba͟ɪt[/t]] ♦ bites, biting, bit, bitten 1) VERB If you bite something, you use your teeth to cut into it, for example in order to eat it or break it. If an animal or person bites you, they use their teeth to hurt or injure you. [V n] Both… …   English dictionary

  • Bark (dog) — Barking is a noise most commonly produced by dogs. Woof is the most common representation in the English language for this sound (especially for large dogs), other than bark. Other transliterations include the onomatopoeic ruff , arf , yip (for… …   Wikipedia

  • bite — bite1 [ baıt ] (past tense bit [ bıt ] ; past participle bit|ten [ bıtn ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to use your teeth to cut or break something, usually in order to eat it: I wish you wouldn t bite your nails. bite into: Tom had… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bark — vb Bark, bay, howl, growl, snarl, yelp, yap mean to make the sound of or a sound suggestive of a dog. Bark implies the sharp, explosive utterance characteristic of dogs; it may be used not only of them and of another animal (as a seal) that… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bark — 01. I don t think your dog likes me; he [barks] at me every time I walk past your house. 02. The [barking] of the seals could be heard all over the island. 03. The major [barked] out the orders to the soldiers. 04. Our dog [barks] a lot, but he s …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Black and Tan Coonhound — Infobox Dogbreed image caption = name = Black and Tan Coonhound country = United States fcigroup = 6 fcisection = 1 name = Black and Tan Coonhound country = United States fcigroup = 6 fcisection = 1 fcinum = 300 fcistd =… …   Wikipedia

  • Indian Institute of Planning and Management — This article is about a business school. For other uses and details, see IIPM. Indian Institute of Planning and Management Motto What we teach today, others adopt tomorrow Type Private …   Wikipedia


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