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the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual

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Paper Tiger starts with some useful high-level context for the general reader about the 'tiger', Tasmania, and the broad evolution of museums and natural history illustration.
The tutorial level is simple enough but a later boss fight with a paper tiger is epic and exacting.
This particularly applies to the ABT AS7, which is not only a paper tiger but also a real one, exactly as its drivers would expect.
The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency gave further details on the content of the letter quoting the president as saying ""Beating paper tiger of Zionist regime shook shaky columns of occupation throughout the world".
Comprised of POS, Sims, Dessa, Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, and Cecil Otter, the seven multi-talented artists bring their individual spark to the stage as they merge their styles into one cohesive force.
Yet Prince Turki al-Faisal, former head of the Saudi intelligence and ambassador to the UK and US, describes Iran as "a paper tiger with claws of steel".
1989 Mark Pearson, Paper Tiger, New Zealand's Part in SEATO 1954-1977, 135pp
Prague, Czech Republic) concludes that EU counterterrorism policy is more of a paper tiger than an effective counterterrorism instrument.
PAPER TIGER Stalking the jungles of hip fairytales, Armoured heart victimises inferior males.
It has been part of Jazayeri's mission to prove that the Americans are a paper tiger and no military threat to Iran despite the message of the 1991 war.
Ruling that Google has broken the law but then taking no action against it shows the commissioner to be a paper tiger.
Nicknamed "The Paper Tiger Lady," Barbara is the author of several books, including Kiplinger's bestselling "Taming the Paper Tiger," book series.
As such, America's ICBM force will need "calibrating" to ensure that our deterrent is not a paper tiger and can effectively deter potential aggressor nations that range from nonstate actors to reemerging superpowers.
He warned that if the Nato alliance walked away from the war it could be seen as a paper tiger, so undermining its future alliances and leave it exposed and weakened.
It's unlikely you will be able to strip the wallpaper without some damage to the drywall, but damage can be minimized by using a wallpaper scoring tool, such as the Paper Tiger, from a home center or wallpaper-supply store.