informal seeking to intimidate by an aggressive display of military power
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How to use sabre-rattling in a sentence
In time we will know if this was nothing more than sabre rattling or an all out war for control of the GOP.
A single horseman came down the road at a leisurely trot, and passed on, his sabre rattling by his side.Who Goes There? | Blackwood Ketcham Benson