rattle sabres

rattle sabers

To make aggressive, blustering, and typically empty threats. I'd like to think that the country's threats of nuclear extermination are just them rattling sabers, but I'm not too sure anymore. The boss just likes to rattle sabers every now and then to make herself feel powerful.
See also: rattle, saber

rattle sabres

threaten to take aggressive action.
See also: rattle, sabre
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Still, while warmongers rattle sabres, it's probably worth the effort to revisit a story of renewal and forgiveness, whether or not you're a believer.
I believe it's jingoistic to rattle sabres from the comfort of one's warm and cozy home.
Egypt's ageing generals often rattle sabres at their traditional enemy, Israel, but have used the idle decades to carve out an empire at home.
It always puts us on guard when politicians rattle sabres.
led coalition forces have yet to provide a secure environment--in either Iraq or Afghanistan--and President George Bush continues to rattle sabres at Iran and North Korea, the two remaining hostile regimes on his axis-of-evil list.
We don't want to rattle sabres but we want to make it clear there's going to be a vigorous campaign to keep this plant open.