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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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The maneuvers prompted Taiwan's chief security benefactor, the United States, to dispatch an armada into the strait to dissuade China from further saber-rattling.
This year alone, Pyongyang has escalated its saber-rattling by detonating two nuclear devices and launching a series of ballistic missiles as the communist regime marches toward its stated goal of developing a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile that can reach the US mainland.
The IRGC commander downplayed the saber-rattling and threats of the enemy as an outcome of their incapability in overcoming Iran's defense prowess.
Sleiman said that saber-rattling by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak earlier this week was a ploy to "raise the
Political sources said that the top military brass has received instructions not to make public comments that could be perceived as saber-rattling.
Indeed, Chavez's pronouncements are seen as just more saber-rattling.
It's ironic that the saber-rattling trio Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld evaded the draft themselves, but have been responsible for sending U.
She blames "the left" for mishandling the threat from North Korea's current nuclear saber-rattling but fails to mention that the nuclear weapons capability possessed by Kim Jong II arrived from Communist China.
China had been saber-rattling after Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui on July 9 said Taipei has redefined its relations with China as "state-to-state," triggering an accumulated 14% fall in stock prices last week.
Major powers namely the United States of America have condemned unleash of such long-range missiles by the North Koreans, as tantamount to a form of saber-rattling.
Analysts expect some volatility in the stock markets, which could be spooked if Beijing engages in saber-rattling.
Now, the group appears to be stepping up its saber-rattling.
Summary: The resumption of peace talks between Israel and Syria after eight years of saber-rattling is not a diversion from the political troubles of Israel's lame-duck prime minister.
Besides Taiwan, the islets are claimed by rival China, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines, and are typically the cause of some international disputes and saber-rattling between these nations.
Rohrabacher's bounty hunter plan is among a slew of saber-rattling bills that have piled up since the September terrorist attacks.