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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 saber 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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IT IS mind-boggling to see the so-called "old enemy", Russia, pleading for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria, whereas the British Foreign Secretary Hague indulges in sabre rattling, prepared to pour yet more arms into a country that poses no threat to Great Britain.
AFTER the jingoistic sabre rattling and symbolic breast baring to ensure the emblem of remembrance to sacrifice was displayed somewhere on the person, it came as no surprise that both England and Spain played like poppies.
But North Korea has now walked away from the talks and China is having a hard time finding an answer to this latest sabre rattling, CBS News reports.
WHATEVER one's viewpoint on the Falklands, sabre rattling achieves nothing.
montages juvenile d The 1 Patric he si 'g BACK: Peck and Hemsworth The 1984 original, in which Patrick Swayze improbably held off the Soviets, has since been filed under 'guilty pleasure', but the Cold War has long since thawed and it's too much of a jump to believe North Korea - despite their recent sabre rattling - could ever manage to conquer a superpower.
What is not in doubt is much of the world would have welcomed an Ahmadinejad defeat, his quest for nuclear weapons and threat to wipe Israel off the map the sabre rattling of a dangerous man.
But cool heads and steely diplomacy, not sabre rattling and armed threats, are the way to defuse the tension.
This sounds to me like the publicans are sabre rattling and trying to gain attention to their plight.