English version

sabre-rattling

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Military
sabre-rattlingˈsabre-ˌrattling noun [uncountable]  PMTHREATENwhen someone threatens to use force but you do not think they are very frightening or serious What the situation calls for is calm discussion, not sabre-rattling.
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sabre-rattlingQ.. Then why all the sabre-rattling?
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