saber rattling


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saber rattling

n.
1. A flamboyant display of military power.
2. A threat or implied threat to use military force.
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Noun1.saber rattling - the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
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