saber-rattling

[ sey-ber-rat-ling ]
/ ˈseɪ bərˌræt lɪŋ /

noun

a show or threat of military power, especially as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries.

Nearby words

  1. saber,
  2. saber rattling,
  3. saber saw,
  4. saber shin,
  5. saber tibia,
  6. saber-toothed,
  7. saber-toothed tiger,
  8. sabermetrics,
  9. sabia virus,
  10. sabian

Origin of saber-rattling

First recorded in 1920–25; see origin at saber, rattle1, -ing1

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