sabre-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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3 a w Armo SEE the Winged Hussars in action at the Royal Armouries, Leeds Over August Bank Holiday weekend, August 26 to 28, the Armouries is hosting a weekend of horse shows featuring a crack team of sabre-rattling, pistol shooting cavalrymen from Poland.
Sweden, April 4 -- During the past few days, it was just usual rhetoric, sabre-rattling and show of strength around the Korean peninsula.
Pyongyang, burdened by increased UN sanctions for launching a missile in December, is now sabre-rattling about a nuclear test as part of "all-out action" action against its "sworn enemy", America.
Sabre-rattling between governments is dangerous at the best of times, but when it encourages citizens to take matters into their own hands, the situation becomes potentially explosive.
Let there be sabre-rattling in the streets of Beaumaris as the plug is pulled on the Great Green Scam, so the people of Mn may live in peace.
Yuval Diskin said prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Ehud Barak - who have been sabre-rattling for months - have their judgment clouded by "messianic feelings" and should not be trusted on Iran.
Whilst the islands remain the subject of occasional sabre-rattling in Argentina, there is little evidence to suggest that the South Americans are seriously considering another military assault on the Falklands.
It was Tehran's most aggressive statement yet after weeks of sabre-rattling as new U.
Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran's most aggressive statement yet after weeks of sabre-rattling as new U.
The same old rhetoric, dogma, platitudes, clichs, sabre-rattling and verbal diarrhoea from a posse of washed-up, discredited failures that we hear every year have just confirmed what we already know.
The sabre-rattling once again in the Middle East with a threat of intercepting aircraft over Libyan land could see once again intervention by foreign forces involving Nato troops.
For those who could turn their attention away from Europe there was equally little comfort to be had with concerns rising over sabre-rattling between the two Koreas.
Months of posturing and sabre-rattling by both sides culminated in the Ugandan police raising the national flag on the island, a move that raised the temperature and increased the fist-shaking and exchange of insults.
Indeed it could be argued that the ramifications of the dismantling of the empire are still being felt today, especially in the ongoing Kashmir conflict and continued sabre-rattling between India and Pakistan, as well as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
There's no sabre-rattling," Col Alexander Drobyshevsky told the RIA-Novosti agency.