saber rattling
noun Date: 1922 ostentatious display of military power

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • saber\ rattling — • saber rattling • sword rattling noun A show of military strength usually to frighten; a threat of military force. The dictator marched his troops and tanks along the border of our country and did some saber rattling …   Словарь американских идиом

  • saber rattling — n. a threatening of war, or a menacing show of armed force * * * …   Universalium

  • saber-rattling — saber ,rattling noun uncount a threat of violence or military action …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • saber rattling — n. a threatening of war, or a menacing show of armed force …   English World dictionary

  • saber-rattling — /say beuhr rat ling/, n. a show or threat of military power, esp. as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries. [1920 25; see SABER, RATTLE1, ING1] * * * (US) (or Brit sabre rattling) noun [noncount] : actions and statements that …   Useful english dictionary

  • saber rattling — or[sword rattling] {n.} A show of military strength usually to frighten; a threat of military force. * /The dictator marched his troops and tanks along the border of our country and did some saber rattling./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • saber rattling — or[sword rattling] {n.} A show of military strength usually to frighten; a threat of military force. * /The dictator marched his troops and tanks along the border of our country and did some saber rattling./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • saber rattling — noun the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used) • Syn: ↑sabre rattling • Hypernyms: ↑military action, ↑action * * * noun : an ostentatious, offensive, or threatening display of military power or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • saber-rattling — noun A mostly US spelling of sabre rattling …   Wiktionary

  • saber-rattling — /say beuhr rat ling/, n. a show or threat of military power, esp. as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries. [1920 25; see SABER, RATTLE1, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

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