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big stick

n.
A display of power or a threat: a foreign policy that relied on the big stick.

big stick

n
informal force or the threat of using force
adj
(Military) of, or relating to, irresistible military strength

big′ stick′


n.
political or military force used as a threat.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.big stick - a display of force or powerbig stick - a display of force or power; "speak softly but carry a big stick"
display, show - something intended to communicate a particular impression; "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested"
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