bark is worse than his bite
A person seems more hostile or aggressive than is the case, as in Dad sounds very grouchy in the morning, but his bark's worse than his bite. This phrase was a proverb by the mid-1600s.
Is It “Different From” Or “Different Than”?Both different from and different than are accepted in standard American English, and both have been in use for the last 300 years. But is one of these phrases more correct than the other? In formal writing, different from is generally preferred to different than. This preference has to do, in part, with the historical use of the word than. This term entered English as …
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- barium x-ray,
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- bark beetle,
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