empty threat

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
References in classic literature ?
Michael Vanstone's son has only to persist in following his father's course to find, before long, that I am not mistaken in my pupil, and that I have not come here to intimidate him by empty threats. My errand is done.
over his dead body, or some other such empty threat, Frau Merkel stepped all over him and before you could say "Deutschland uber alles" Juncker's name was the only one on the ballot paper.
Threatening you with the boys is an empty threat - he's saying it because he's desperate.
These words should not turn into an empty threat. The district government needs to set up a commission to inquire about the officers in the district administration who allowed constructions of illegal establishments.
THE National President of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, has reaffirmed that members of the union were never in a way feel threatened by the Federal Government decision to pay workers only when they work, saying such a proclamation is a mere empty threat.
He further explained he did not intend to harm his mum in any way - the call had been an empty threat.
Employers on Friday said the possibility of workers getting laid off was not an empty threat but an expected consequence should a national minimum wage of up to P750 be imposed as a means to help cushion the impact of the Duterte administration's tax reform program.
Robert overhears, and Lachlan claims it was an empty threat, but later we see him firing a shotgun at a pumpkin with Robert's face on it.
It was an empty threat so that Carly and others are stuck in the room.
Karzai has called that an empty threat and suggested that any security deal could wait until after his country's April elections.
Karzai has called that an empty threat and suggested any security deal could wait until after the April elections.
On Thursday, Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told RIA Novosti and Rossiya 24 TV channel that "Ukraine may stop buying gas altogether at that price," warning Russia that "that is not an empty threat."
DAC Beachcroft are still to even make the field in the tournament this year with captain Jake Stacy making an empty threat to resign in protest at the weather.
But her battle with the Lebanese media has been her longest and most fierce and although Ahlam is partial to making an empty threat or two against the press, it looks like she is about to take things further than ever before.