Sabre-rattling meaning

(idiomatic) A flamboyant display of military power as an implied threat that it might be used.
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(idiomatic, figuratively) Any threat, such as one company threatening another with a lawsuit.
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Bellicose; threatening military action.
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Origin of sabre-rattling

  • From the early 20th century, when an officer would threaten to draw his sabre.

    From Wiktionary