sabre rattling

NOUN
  1. the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)
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How To Use sabre rattling In A Sentence

  • The verbal sabre rattling by US Treasury Secretary Geithner is a threat to the open global trading system.
  • This shouldn't be an exercise in sabre rattling but a "facts of life" view of how a business makes money in a tough global competitive marketplace, how a business pays taxes, how a business contributes to economic well-being, how business makes a social-infrastructure possible and sustainable. Business & The NDP: Rhetoric Versus Reality
  • As global economies sink into bankruptcy, sabre rattling may on occasion be used to distract the populace, but in the main current trends become more pronounced.
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