empty threat

noun

Definition of empty threat

: a threat that someone does not really mean Don't make empty threats that you have no intention of backing up with action. … the Witch of the West looks, in this scene anyhow, curiously frail and impotent, obliged to mouth empty threats— Salman Rushdie

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27 Jan 2020

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“Empty threat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20threat. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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