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saber-rattling

[sey-ber-rat-ling] /ˈseɪ bərˌræt lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a show or threat of military power, especially as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; see saber, rattle1, -ing1
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