rattle (one's) saber

(redirected from rattled his sabre)

rattle (one's) saber

To make aggressive, blustering, 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.
See also: rattle, saber
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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!
See also: rattle, saber
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
And Trump has often rattled his sabre right back, threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea.
Until Putin rattled his sabre, the direct threat to the UK was mainly from terrorists.
He rattled his sabre. Chamberlain waved his umbrella.
Mild mannered Danny Mills snarled sweet nothings, rattled his sabre and hogged the spot to put off Gunners spot-kick king Thierry Henry.
FERGIE'S rattled his sabre and we now await Sven's response at Villa Park this afternoon.