sabre-rattling


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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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The sabre-rattling by both sides over the past few days has been worrying.
They probably are not aware that there is an alternative to stone-throwing and sabre-rattling.
You would hope and assume that the breakdown of Welbeck's Manchester United contract talks are nothing more than sabre-rattling over a few extra grand.
I cannot help think this was Unesco's Marie Antoinette moment - sitting in the gold-plated streets of Paris sabre-rattling against a city that needs all the economic investment it can to regenerate itself sits uneasily with me and many other businesses.
The continual sabre-rattling and stark warnings have a debilitating effect and create a nervousness among members of the public.
Mukundan had commented that Pinarayi Vijayan was much more pragmatic than the octogenarian chief minister, which led to political sabre-rattling in Kerala, and a sharp rejoinder from the chief minister.
From the flood of informed speculation, intelligence tittle-tattle and political sabre-rattling that followed those terrible bombings, only one thing can be said with certainty.
Anyone who thought this was just sabre-rattling should have got the message by now that we mean business,' Mr Baker said.
We urge Mr Cameron to accept that the population of Britain is against war and wants him to end the sabre-rattling and push forward on the diplomatic front.
SILVERSPOON Cameron's sabre-rattling over the planned PS270m rise in Briton's EU bill will never be truly resolved until the public have their say.
The sabre-rattling tone of the Republican candidate - lashing out at Iran, Russia and (the real threat) China does not augur well.
The [IAEA] will be going in to Tehran today and they must be allowed to make their investigations into the Iranian nuclear programme without sabre-rattling from western powers.
The sabre-rattling could cost the economy a fortune.
Despite the sabre-rattling press statements and industrial dispute rhetoric, someone at the Unite union found it within themselves to send the nice councillor a card offering him season's greetings.
No amount of sabre-rattling from one side or lecturing from the other will address the real issue at hand.