rattle (one's) saber

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rattle (one's) saber

To make aggressive, blustering, and typically empty threats. I'd like to think that his threats are just him rattling his saber, but I'm not too sure anymore. The boss just likes to rattle her saber every now and then to make herself feel powerful.
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rattle one's saber

 and rattle its saber
Fig. to make threatening statements or actions. The president is just rattling his saber. He would never attack such a small country!
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While others rattle sabres, Omanis sit down to talk.
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.
Not till Pakistan or China rattle sabres, we as 1.22 billion people don't spare a thought for the armed forces.
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.
The U.S.-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.