saber-rattling

[sey-ber-rat-ling]

noun

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

Origin of saber-rattling

First recorded in 1920–25; see origin at saber, rattle1, -ing1
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Related Words for saber-rattling

demoralization, intimidation, saber-rattling

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