never make a threat you cannot carry out

never make a threat you cannot carry out

Don't threaten to do something or punish someone unless you are both willing and able to do it. A: "If they keep grumbling like that, I'll just tell them that they're pay will start getting docked." B: "Careful, Jim. You know that half the staff would walk out if you did that, and they know that too. Never make a threat you can't carry out."
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Never make a threat you cannot carry out.

Prov. You should not threaten to do something you cannot do; otherwise, people will not believe you are serious when you threaten. Bill: If you don't stop being rude to me, I'll have you fired! Jane: You're not my boss. Never make a threat you cannot carry out.
See also: cannot, carry, make, never, out, threat
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