big stick

noun

: threat especially of military or political intervention

Examples of big stick in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of big stick was in 1893

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“Big stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20stick. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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