big stick


Definition of big stick 

: threat especially of military or political intervention

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One of the biggest sticking points here is Chrome; Google's browser is the most widely used third-party application on Windows. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM," 21 Nov. 2018 The Irish border was one of the Brexit deals biggest sticking points The UK and the EU are in the midst of trying to finalize the terms of their breakup, a tangled process that’s gone on for more than a year. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Theresa May gets cabinet approval for her draft Brexit deal," 14 Nov. 2018 Pressure to beat the Nazis to the ultimate punch; pressure to have the biggest stick on the playground. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of big stick

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big stick was in 1893

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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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