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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We are heading for a world that is basically democratic, because you can't keep `em down on the farm once they have Internet access, and basically peaceful, because George Soros will pull out his money if you rattle your saber.
But one thing is certain: Now is the time to rattle your sabers. If not now, then when?"