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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Indian and Nepal fight floods on a war footing and Pakistan creates its own political cloudburst even as the two neighbors begin to rattle their sabres, following a series of border violations in the wake of Indian PM Modi's upping of the stakes by bruising Pakistan's military strength.
I SEE those champions of freedom of choice on the high street have started to rattle their sabres again after the Government threat to curb their fixed odds betting terminals.
This was anyway expected because the opponents -- who have put the UPA government on the mat over issues such as corruption and price rise -- rattle their sabres on the slightest pretext.
And not too surprisingly, unions have already started to rattle their sabres.
In democracies like ours, should our leaders also feel the need to rattle their sabres in order to increase their popularity at home?
Both the patent holder and the alleged infringer, wanting to avoid a patent lawsuit and attorney fees that can cost $100,000 or more, rattle their sabres in hopes of dragging out the process and prompting a settlement.