Rattling their sabre - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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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As if the rivalry between United and City wasn't fierce enough now the local musos are at it - with Take That rattling their sabres
By simply rattling their sabres
, they have managed to plunge the motoring public into chaos and confusion.
Hansen sends his players back to their clubs this week with the self-proclaimed Gang of Six rattling their sabres
again over the release of their stars for internationals.