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"someone's bark is worse than his bite" Can someone explain this for me? Thanks a lot.


I picked this metaphor this afternoon while reading. I can only memorize its explanation as it was written ' someone is not as ferocious as he or she sounds, means he or she may be a good person, but his or her words often intimidate people to get close to'

The point is, how should I find the right to understand it? Here's my understanding, I am unsure of it's right or wrong:since barking is worse than biting, then get bit is better than get barked.

Pls help me to figure it out, thanks~

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    It simply means that "bark" is just another word for the way he or she speaks. E.g like if a girl shouts at you, that simply means "bark".
    While "bite" is more like the way she or he acts. E.g like when a boy punches you, that's "bite".
    That phrase is just used metaphorically instead of having to lengthen a sentence which could put the reader off. Therefore that is why: "someone's bark is worse than his bite" is a sentence. It's just simply there to shorten a sentence that the writer might try to describe a character in the book, for the reader. And usually it's used for situations like an argument, fights, etc... (negative things) or maybe there is some meaning that may be positive but that's all I know.
    Hoped that helped :)

    It means that someone's action is not bad as their threats.

    They're metaphors to a dog barking.
    I'm sure you know that dogs bark a lot to threaten each other. The 'bark' refers to the threats a person makes, and the 'bite' refers to what they can actually do when they attack.

    If someone's bark is worse than his bite, then he makes a lot of threats (barking like a dog) but cannot carry them out (his 'bite' is weak).

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