A person or situation that is frightening but actually the actions are not any worse


  • This expression originated in the 16th century. It was about those people, who came across stray or guard dogs quite often and their growl and barks seemed frightening. But actually they never bit them or cause any harm. So, it was said that dogs are only good at barking but in reality they do not bite. So, they phrase was used for angry people and frightening situations that did not do a lot of harm at the end.

Our new instructor's bark is worse than his bite and that is why, we are afraid of him.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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kůra je horší než vaše sousto

bark er værre end dit bid

ŝelo estas pli malbona ol via mordo

l'écorce est pire que votre morsure


blaffen is erger dan je beet

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