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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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.
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.
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.