Idiom: someone's bark is worse than one’s bite
Note: A bark is the noise that a dog makes. Most often a dog's bark is used as a warning and the animal is not planning to attack or bite someone. This is where the phrase comes from.
— My girlfriend told me her father’s bark is worse than his bite and not to worry when I meet him this weekend.
— Don't be intimidated by the #1 seed in the tournament—his bark is worse than his bite.
— Don't worry, his bark is worse than his bite. He's really a friendly man when you get to know him.
— My secretary is sometimes moody but her bark is worse than her bite. Honestly, don't hesitate to contact her if you need anything.
— At first, I thought the guy in the IT department was a difficult person but his bark is worse than his bite.
— I'm tired of telling everyone your bark is worse than your bite. We expect you to be kind and courteous to everyone at work, not just our clients.
— My father-in-law's bark is worse than his bite but it still makes me uncomfortable.
— Let me warn you in advance of your appointment that this doctor's bark is worse than his bite. I wish he was friendlier but I assure you he's the very best at treating Lyme disease.
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