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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I don't understand what are they trying to do, it is sabre-rattling.
Kashan added that in spite of US President Donald Trump's sabre-rattling, the export licences given to Boeing, Airbus, and Avions de Transport Rgional by the US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) were still valid and that no changes were made.
FROM watching a team of sabre-rattling horsemen to bouncing on Yorkshire's largest indoor inflatable, we've found five fun and slightly quirky summer activities in and around our corner of Yorkshire for families with children.
Let's face it, the Government has run out of steam and at a pivotal moment in our country and the world, amid uncertainty over Brexit, conflict in the Gulf states, nuclear sabre-rattling over North Korea, refugees continuing to flee war and destruction, ongoing pandemics, cross-border terrorism, poverty and inequality, and the impact of climate change are the core global challenges of our time" - Jeremy Corbyn.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "Brexiteers have gone from cheering to sabre-rattling for war in four days.
But we are becoming increasingly concerned at the sabre-rattling and posturing by both countries.
THE sabre-rattling has begun in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
We want a traditional friend far more than sabre-rattling.
Noble is a local lad who'll get the punters onside, he's experienced enough to be able to talk to the media and he'll do a bit of sabre-rattling in the dressing room as well.
All this sabre-rattling by USA and Britain will not resolve the Middle East problems.
If all the sabre-rattling really is due to the artificial reef created by Gibraltar round its waters to conserve its fish stocks, then ultimately it will benefit everyone.
Wild explosion of raspberries and sabre-rattling clashes.