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 sabre-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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However, Beijing's saber rattling backfired, angering Taiwanese voters who later that year elected Lee to continue as president -- a post from which he further advocated the island's sovereignty.
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.
And, in something of an upset in a year-long period of finger pointing and saber rattling between them, the Chargers didn't laugh.
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.
I have not criticized the Bush administration lately because of the Iraqi situation, but now because of our leaders' saber rattling about the three axis of evil, we have North Korea giving us problems.
It's a lot of saber rattling,'' said the computer engineer, 36, whose parents, cousins, aunts and uncles live in India.
From my perspective, the current Bush administration's saber rattling toward Iraq is a thinly veiled attempt to finish what George Sr.
And this week it is the Middle East where words are invitations to funerals, and saber rattling has given way to tanks rumbling.