sabre-rattling

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Etymology[edit]

From the early 20th century, when an officer would threaten to draw his sabre.

Noun[edit]

sabre-rattling (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A flamboyant display of military power as an implied threat that it might be used.
  2. (idiomatic, figuratively) Any threat, such as one company threatening another with a lawsuit.

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Adjective[edit]

sabre-rattling (comparative more sabre-rattling, superlative most sabre-rattling)

  1. Bellicose; threatening military action.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 121:
      But it excited much discontent in sabre-rattling court circles which regarded Austrophilia as the most un-French of diplomatic perversions.

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