saber rattling


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saber rattling

Words and actions that seek to convey anger, power, and intimidation, often in a military setting. The leaders of these countries need to quit their saber rattling before we end up at war.
See also: rattling, saber

saber rattling

A flamboyant display of military power; also, aggressive blustering. For example, There had been a great deal of saber rattling between the two nations but hostilities had never broken out . This term, originating about 1920 and alluding to an officer indicating he would draw his saber, at first referred to threatening military force but later was extended to more general use, as in Both candidates engaged in pre-debate saber rattling.
See also: rattling, saber

sabre-rattling

COMMON Sabre-rattling is aggressive behaviour in which threats are made, often of military action. Note: `Sabre' is spelled `saber' in American English. He accused the country of sabre-rattling and taking the first step in the trade war. Note: You can also say that someone rattles their sabre or that people rattle sabres. Still, it is good to see both sides talking, rather than rattling sabres at each other. Note: A sabre is a heavy sword with a curved blade that was used in the past by soldiers on horseback.
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The latest saber rattling from Tehran comes as no surprise: Iranian leaders are well aware that despite repeated pledges from the current US administration and its Israeli allies to pursue the path of diplomacy in confronting Iran's controversial nuclear program, the specter of neoconservative-style military intervention has not yet subsided.
However, as the ''young turks'' squeeze out the dogmatic gerontocracy in Beijing, China is increasingly resorting to ''soft power'' tactics instead of saber rattling in its mission to unify Taiwan with the mainland, said Steve Chen, Conflict Studies and Research Center Director at Taiwan's Chang Jung Christian University.
In his postscript, he credits two 1982 books, Jonathan Schell's The Fate of the Earth and Robert Scheer's With enough Shovels, with helping crystallize opposition to the Reagan administration's s nuclear saber rattling and its plans for nuclear preparedness through a combination of shelters and population dispersal.
DA Davidson analyst Tom Forte kept his his Buy rating and $1,800 price target on Amazon.com (AMZN), writing that the recent pullback in the stock price due to "saber rattling" from the White House is a buying opportunity.
"Moscow's (http://www.businessinsider.com/ash-carter-says-russia-nuclear-saber-rattling-2016-5) nuclear saber rattling raises troubling questions about Russia's leaders' commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons and whether they respect the profound caution that nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to brandishing nuclear weapons," Carter said.
And so I'm not interested in saber rattling." But he said he would respond "forcefully and swiftly" to an Iranian attack against Israel or any other US ally, whether conventional or nuclear.
The Bush administration had to engage in an ever-escalating war of words and saber rattling, threatening Saddam Hussein with removal if he did not dismantle a prescribed list of missiles and other "weapons of mass destruction."
* A patronizing letter filled with zingers is sent to an opposing attorney, and a settlement gets delayed three months because of the saber rattling.
James Mattoon Scott (Burr Lancaster) tends to confuse bravery with saber rattling, seeing politicians who would make peace with the enemy as cowards and traitors.
The troubling aspect of the impeachment movement is not the saber rattling. It is what this movement says about the willingness of Congress to lead on critical issues.