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saber rattling

Words and actions that seek to convey anger, power, and intimidation, often in a military setting. The leaders of these countries need to quit their sabre-rattling before we end up at war.
See also: rattling, saber

saber rattling

A flamboyant display of military power; also, aggressive blustering. For example, There had been a great deal of saber rattling between the two nations but hostilities had never broken out . This term, originating about 1920 and alluding to an officer indicating he would draw his saber, at first referred to threatening military force but later was extended to more general use, as in Both candidates engaged in pre-debate saber rattling.
See also: rattling, saber

sabre-rattling

COMMON Sabre-rattling is aggressive behaviour in which threats are made, often of military action. Note: `Sabre' is spelled `saber' in American English. He accused the country of sabre-rattling and taking the first step in the trade war. Note: You can also say that someone rattles their sabre or that people rattle sabres. Still, it is good to see both sides talking, rather than rattling sabres at each other. Note: A sabre is a heavy sword with a curved blade that was used in the past by soldiers on horseback.
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Hagel warned earlier that Pyongyang was "skating very close to a dangerous line" after weeks of saber-rattling.
The IRGC commander downplayed the saber-rattling and threats of the enemy as an outcome of their incapability in overcoming Iran's defense prowess.
Sleiman said that saber-rattling by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak earlier this week was a ploy to "raise the
It's ironic that the saber-rattling trio Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld evaded the draft themselves, but have been responsible for sending U.
She blames "the left" for mishandling the threat from North Korea's current nuclear saber-rattling but fails to mention that the nuclear weapons capability possessed by Kim Jong II arrived from Communist China.
China had been saber-rattling after Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui on July 9 said Taipei has redefined its relations with China as "state-to-state," triggering an accumulated 14% fall in stock prices last week.
Summary: The resumption of peace talks between Israel and Syria after eight years of saber-rattling is not a diversion from the political troubles of Israel's lame-duck prime minister.
Besides Taiwan, the islets are claimed by rival China, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines, and are typically the cause of some international disputes and saber-rattling between these nations.
Rohrabacher's bounty hunter plan is among a slew of saber-rattling bills that have piled up since the September terrorist attacks.
By a vote of 431-85, the parliament adopted a report which criticizes China's saber-rattling attitude toward Taiwan and is opposed to the lifting of the arms embargo.
Saber-rattling against China, implying the use of military force.
Musharraf told a meeting of top military commanders at the army headquarters that India's troop withdrawal decision vindicates Pakistan's stance that issues confronting the two countries cannot be solved through coercion, belligerence and saber-rattling, the Pakistan Defense Ministry said.
The signs range from efforts by some people with Beijing connections to buy influence in Washington with political contributions, to the saber-rattling directed a year ago at Taiwan.
Set in an indeterminate phase of 19th-century saber-rattling, the movie offers a chilling vision of bluebloods playing parlor games while the barbarians are literally battering down the gates.