sabre-rattling


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sabre-rattling

n, adj
(Military) informal seeking to intimidate by an aggressive display of military power
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Oxford denied it was sabre-rattling in an attempt to get the government to scrap the pounds 3,000 cap on top-up fees that will apply from 2006.
10 (5) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of The Clones (U) Light sabre-rattling thrills.
SABRE-RATTLING AGAIN (The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney)
In The Intercom Conspiracy, written during the aerial fury of the Vietnam war and the sabre-rattling of the Cold War, Ambler equated the activities of the CIA and KGB.
The US only needs the UK to give legitimacy for its overseas adventures, but when the Argentinians were recently sabre-rattling over their claim to the Falklands, where was the US?
All this sabre-rattling by USA and Britain will not resolve the Middle East problems.
SIR - It is mind-boggling to see the so-called "old enemy", Russia, pleading for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria, whereas the British Foreign Secretary Hague indulges in sabre-rattling, prepared to pour yet more arms into a country that poses no threat to Great Britain.
When serious economic interest takes over, as opposed to the political sabre-rattling we saw today, we will sit down and do what is in the best interests of the people of Scotland, and of course the people of the rest of the United Kingdom.
Pyongyang, burdened by increased UN sanctions for launching a missile in December, is now sabre-rattling about a nuclear test as part of "all-out action" action against its "sworn enemy", America.
So far, the response from the other countries has been slow, even though we are not sabre-rattling.
Amos maintained his visit to Australia, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea was not a case of sabre-rattling, but building ties.
Whilst the islands remain the subject of occasional sabre-rattling in Argentina, there is little evidence to suggest that the South Americans are seriously considering another military assault on the Falklands.