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Example sentences from the Web for saber-rattling
This was in 1964, and Hawking is now 72, and still rattling the cosmos.
“At that moment it was new and understandably rattling to him,” Condon says.
The concrete building from which the sounds emanate shakes from the impact, rattling the colorful houses on the dirt roads nearby.
The serial number was right,” he later said, rattling off, “20314261.
In time we will know if this was nothing more than sabre rattling or an all out war for control of the GOP.
A minute ago you were ready to fall before the first sowar who lifted his saber over your head.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Mrs. Towne has every thing so delicious, Sue was rattling on; such perfumes and such silks and such jewels.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
A hideous yell of applause rose from the multitude, and again he plunged his saber into the carriage.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
More boats and smacks arrive; the rattling of anchors and chain cables is heard in all directions.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
They have put her in the hood, and the next instant they are rattling away to the Panthéon for supper.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
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.