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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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Currently, CTAD contains almost 2,500 communicated threats or other COCs that vary in length from several sentences to 20 or more pages.
Part of Symantec's Enterprise Security Services, Symantec Managed Security Services leverages global intelligence to offer fast and accurate analysis of security data to protect customers against emerging threats and reduce overall security risk.
Coupled with host-based vulnerability assessment, which helps the enterprise evaluate its exposure to threats, this technology enables organizations to safeguard the valuable data residing on the corporate NAS.
and his coworkers assumed that an angry facial expression indicates a clear threat to an observer if it's combined with eyes looking straight ahead, but an ambiguous threat if combined with eyes looking away.
The EPPM'S theoretical postulation rests on its two key constructs: perceived threat and perceived efficacy.
FBI spokesman Matt McLaughlin said the ``uncorroborated threat states that a film studio in California could be the target of a terrorist bomb attack in retaliation for any possible bombing attack by the United States in Afghanistan.
RWRLTE is only used t o activate aircraft RWRs at ranges without full-power threat simulators as an aid in training aircrews to add the RWR to their crosscheck, forcing them to learn and remain proficient at dealing with threats in all phases of flight and to keep aircrews "on their toes.
System Administrators, industry experts and the media can use Threat Expert to quickly identify new threats and minimize the impact of infection on a computer or network.
In these cases, investigators rely on evaluating the communicated threats to identify the individual and to determine the potential for violence.
By providing detailed notification of potential threats as they're identified, the service delivers actionable information that maximizes IT resources and helps users mitigate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
The two were being held at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making terrorist threats, threatening school officials, bomb threats and annoying phone calls.
SmartCheck provides optimum security by safely screening for a wide variety of threats concealed on a passenger, while ensuring their privacy.
While the typical force continuum can be applied to seizures of individuals who do not pose a significant threat and the "reverse" continuum (considering deadly force first) is appropriate for confronting threats, both responses (in a much simpler format) are the result of the threat assessment-based training model, which will naturally cause some hesitation in using force to seize nonthreatening subjects--where it should be.
The shooting at Santana High School in Santee nine days ago has set off a wave of reporting threats by students - and sharpened responses by officials - across schools in the San Fernando Valley and neighboring Los Angeles suburbs.