How to use saber-rattling in a sentence
Indeed, saber-rattling or not, we should take Ryan seriously.Paul Ryan Panders With a Threat to Take the Debt Ceiling Hostage, Again | Jamelle Bouie | December 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It also may explain why there was no saber rattling on Syria on Sunday.Biden Serves Up 2016 Speculation With a Side of Steak | David Catanese | September 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This is saber-rattling à la North Korea,” he said in a television interview.
And Obama has worked to push American foreign policy beyond Carterite apologetics or Bushesque saber-rattling.
Sanctions and saber-rattling alone were never going to do the trick, nor would periodic efforts at one-shot diplomacy.
Other Idioms and Phrases with saber-rattling
A flamboyant display of military power; also, aggressive blustering. For example, There had been a great deal of saber rattling between the two nations but hostilities had never broken out. This term, originating about 1920 and alluding to an officer indicating he would draw his saber, at first referred to threatening military force but later was extended to more general use, as in Both candidates engaged in pre-debate saber rattling.
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