Definition of sabre-rattling in English:

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sabre-rattling

Pronunciation: /ˈseɪbəˌratlɪŋ/

noun

[mass noun]
The display or threat of military force: sabre-rattling by the superpowers
More example sentences
  • None of this sabre-rattling and war-mongering deterred the British middle class from cramming their sitting rooms with Japanese objets-d'art.
  • But if the threats and saber-rattling are going to be effective, Chamillionaire has to take his burnished, easy flow and start putting some specifics in it.
  • Putin's occasional sabre-rattling against NATO does not make him an anti-imperialist as konkret implies with its reference to the ‘semi-colonial status’ of Russia.
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