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empty threat

A threat that is devoid of worth or meaning, one that cannot or was never intended to be carried out. The manager is always full of empty threats about docking our pay, but he'll never actually go through with it.
See also: empty, threat

give something under (the) threat of something

to give something only because one is threatened. He gave the money under threat of exposure. I think that is blackmail. You are asked to give your testimony under the threat of being jailed if you don't.
See also: give, of, threat

going to tell

 and going to tattle
a threat that one is going to report someone's misdeed to someone in authority. If you do that again, I'm going to tell! Sue just went to the teacher. She's going to tattle.
See also: going, tell

Never make a threat you cannot carry out.

Prov. You should not threaten to do something you cannot do; otherwise, people will not believe you are serious when you threaten. Bill: If you don't stop being rude to me, I'll have you fired! Jane: You're not my boss. Never make a threat you cannot carry out.
See also: cannot, carry, make, never, out, threat

triple threat

A person who is adept in three areas, as in She's a triple threat on the editorial staff-she can edit, write, and design pages. This term comes from football, where it signifies a player who is good at running, passing, and kicking. [c. 1920] Also see hat trick.
See also: threat, triple
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The database will continue to enhance the threat assessment and textual analysis process within the FBI.
A second line of defense is network-based intrusion detection to identify external, as well as internal, threats with protocol anomaly detection technology to detect known, as well as new, attacks.
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According to current school violence and student suicide jurisprudence, school counselors are justified in taking every threat of violence or suicide seriously.
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Given the extensive base of IT assets DISA maintains and protects within the Defense Department, the combination of Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System and Symantec DeepSight Alert Services provides a comprehensive and prioritized view not only of immediate Internet attack data, but also vulnerabilities pertaining to specific network components," said Brian J.
Z([R]) Backscatter([TM]) X-ray technology displays threats by reflecting a low-energy X-ray beam from a person to a detector on the near side.
Using force to defend against serious assaults is a priority because of the gravity of the encounter; using force to make arrests--where there is no immediate threat to the arresting officer or others--is a significant training concern because this use of force is far more common than using force in defense of life.
Just one of the students who made a death threat week was arrested, a special-education student at Valencia High School who threatened to kill his teacher.
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