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empty threat

A threat that is devoid of worth or meaning, one that cannot or was never intended to be carried out. The manager is always full of empty threats about docking our pay, but he'll never actually go through with it.
See also: empty, threat

give something under (the) threat of something

to give something only because one is threatened. He gave the money under threat of exposure. I think that is blackmail. You are asked to give your testimony under the threat of being jailed if you don't.
See also: give, of, threat

going to tell

 and going to tattle
a threat that one is going to report someone's misdeed to someone in authority. If you do that again, I'm going to tell! Sue just went to the teacher. She's going to tattle.
See also: going, tell

Never make a threat you cannot carry out.

Prov. You should not threaten to do something you cannot do; otherwise, people will not believe you are serious when you threaten. Bill: If you don't stop being rude to me, I'll have you fired! Jane: You're not my boss. Never make a threat you cannot carry out.
See also: cannot, carry, make, never, out, threat

triple threat

A person who is adept in three areas, as in She's a triple threat on the editorial staff-she can edit, write, and design pages. This term comes from football, where it signifies a player who is good at running, passing, and kicking. [c. 1920] Also see hat trick.
See also: threat, triple
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All communicated threats and COCs received at the FBI are entered into CTAD, categorized accordingly, analyzed, and assessed for their respective threat potential.
The Secure Internet Interface includes new worm infection reports, at-a-glance summary pages, information on critical emerging threats and vulnerabilities, and recommendations on Symantec Managed Security Services' response activity around global emerging threats.
The second step is to track the threat to its internal source in order to repair the problem at the source.
The brain shows particular sensitivity to facial expressions that convey ambiguous threats rather than clear ones, according to a new brain-imaging investigation.
Because the thoughts of susceptibility and severity tend to arouse fear and anxiety, health risk messages hold the potential to engender adverse reactions in which individuals defensively deny the health threat or engage in more risky behavior (i.
The court held that school officials' act of expelling the student was a reasonable response to a bomb threat, especially considering the student's previous delinquent acts.
The tens of thousands of employees who work at the studios were warned via memo and internal e-mail of the threat.
With more than 45 years of experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company's product line utilizes a variety of technologies, including patented Z([R]) Backscatter[TM], Shaped Energy[TM] and Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD).
Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System and Symantec DeepSight Alert Services were selected for use through Northrop Grumman Information Technology, an I-Assure contract holder with DISA.
whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others and whether he is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight.
In providing targeted threat detection solutions to the Federal government, CounterStorm has built substantial expertise.
When assessing school bomb threats, investigators first should question whether the threat passes the reality test, which they should apply to both the threatener and the threat.
Just one of the students who made a death threat week was arrested, a special-education student at Valencia High School who threatened to kill his teacher.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Arbor Networks, a leading provider of core-to-core network security and operational performance for global business networks, today announced its Active Threat Level Analysis System (ATLAS) Initiative, a multi-stage project to develop the world's first globally scoped threat analysis network with the help of the service provider community.
The FBI divides the current international terrorist threat to the United States into three categories.