The tiger is proverbial for its ferocity and cunning.
have a tiger by the tail have embarked on a course of action which proves unexpectedly difficult but which cannot easily or safely be abandoned. Recorded from the late 20th century; an alternative way of referring to the same predicament is ride a tiger, with allusion to the saying he who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount (see ride).
tiger economy in the 1980s, used for the dynamic economy of any of the smaller East Asian countries, especially that of Singapore, Taiwan, or South Korea, or of Hong Kong; these original Four Tigers of the early 1980s were later joined by Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, before economic problems in the 1990s sharply reduced the strength and dominance of the region. The successful Irish economy of the last years has frequently been designated as the Celtic Tiger.
Tiger Tim a cartoon character, leader of a group of animals known as the Bruin Boys, who first appeared in the Daily Mirror in 1904, and subsequently in the Children's Encyclopaedia monthly reissue from 1910 and Rainbow (1914–56). He has also figured in a number of annuals.
See also better to live one day as a tiger, paper tiger.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.