idle threat

Definition of idle threat

  1. :  a threat that a person does not really mean to follow through with She said she would leave him, but he knew it was an idle threat.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  lacking worth or basis :  vain

    :  not occupied or employed: such as

    :  having no employment :  inactive

  1. :  to spend time in idleness

    :  to move idly

    :  to run at low power and often disconnected usually so that power is not used for useful work

  1. :  an expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage

    :  one that threatens

    :  an indication of something impending

  1. :  threaten

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