saber rattling

noun

Definition of saber rattling 

: ostentatious display of military power

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Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "US official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion," 4 July 2018 Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling. Joshua Goodman, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion," 4 July 2018 Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 2018 Following a year of missile tests and saber rattling, North and South Korea marched under one flag at the opening ceremony. Time, "Son Heung-min Wants to Bring World Cup Glory to South Korea," 7 June 2018 Is his globalist worldview threatened by the U.S. administration’s protectionist saber rattling? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Coal Cloud, VW Charge, Twitter Passwords: CEO Daily for May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 Small-business owners aren’t waiting for either side to make good on their saber rattling. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "From Wisconsin to Connecticut, Small Businesses Feel Pain of Tariffs," 16 Apr. 2018 For those who missed it, after more than two years of saber rattling, Genie Bouchard’s suit against the USTA went to trial. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Breaking Down the Details of the Proposed Davis Cup Changes," 28 Feb. 2018 So were North Korea’s saber rattling and doubts about President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. OregonLive.com, "Year in review: 8 business stories that defined 2017," 25 Dec. 2017

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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