big stick

noun

Definition of big stick 

: threat especially of military or political intervention

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Denuclearization This is the biggest sticking point between the two sides. Fortune, "What a Trump-Kim Deal Could Look Like — From Good to Bad to Worse," 31 May 2018 Their respect is earned not by wielding the big stick, but instead by wielding the big brain. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "David Griffin is front-runner, Becky Hammon most intriguing for Pistons," 10 May 2018 Walk softly and carry a very big stick or an aircraft carrier battle group. Fox News, "Oliver North: Official says Israel responded to Iran," 9 May 2018 The biggest sticking point remains how to handle the Dreamers. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "House Republicans Hold Off on Immigration Showdown," 7 June 2018 But this time, Jay took out the big stick and belted a 413-foot home run over the right-center field wall off starter Daniel Gossett. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals waste good start by Jakob Junis against Athletics," 3 June 2018 So, this time the Fed applied what passes in Washington for a big stick: Wells Fargo is not allowed to add net loans or investments without the Fed’s written permission. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Fed piles on Wells Fargo in latest chapter of banker self-destruction," 13 Feb. 2018 Holtby also made a big stick save on Alex Tuch late in the third period. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Alex Ovechkin shows the way as Capitals beat Golden Knights to tie Stanley Cup Final," 30 May 2018 Skeptical Views’ The biggest sticking point appears to be the definition of denuclearization. Fortune, "President Trump Casts Doubt on North Korea Summit in Meeting With South Korea's Moon," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of big stick

1893, in the meaning defined above

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big stick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of big stick

: a threat to use violence or force to make a person, group, country, etc., do something

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