idle/empty threat

Definition of idle/empty threat

  1. :  a threat that someone does not really mean She said she would leave him, but he knew it was an idle/empty 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. :  containing nothing

    :  not occupied or inhabited

    :  unfrequented

  1. :  to make empty :  remove the contents of

    :  deprive, divest

    :  to discharge (itself) of contents

  1. :  something (such as a bottle or can) that is empty

  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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