a show of force


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show of force

A display of one's power, influence, or capability to cause harm, meant to act as a warning or deterrent to others. The president said that such a show of force will be treated as an act of aggression by the foreign country and could lead to a declaration of war. The march by union organizers is intended as a show of force to politicians threatening to weaken their bargaining powers.
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a show of ˈforce

an act which clearly shows your power or gives a warning to people not to act against you: The government sent in tanks as a show of force, and the rebels left the town.
See also: force, of, show