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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Late last year, attorneys for H&K rattled their sabers at ATI about this.
Parallel with these international war crimes, the United States and Israel have repeatedly rattled their sabers against Iran.
Levy and Blackwell frequently rattled their sabers in the 11 years following the Polygram purchase of Island from Blackwell for $300 million.