rattle (one's) saber

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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.
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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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Yet in other conflicts, Harper has ignored his Smithian leanings and rattled sabres, embraced the gun, fighting wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and urging the world to fight another in Iran.
GAZA CITY: Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers rattled sabres on Sunday after fighters fired rockets into southern Israel, prompting a series of retaliatory air raids.
Older people liken it to the Cuban missile crisis when the USSR and the US rattled sabres.