sabre rattling

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Synonyms for sabre rattling

the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)

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I don't see it as sabre rattling, I see it as partnerships," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Amos, as saying.
HERE we go again, more sabre rattling from Robyn Lewis (Letters, January 5) rattling on this time about the Welsh language not being used in deepest darkest Welsh-speaking Pwllheli.
There will be endless political poker playing, sabre rattling and horse trading between now and the final budget vote next month.
Some of the rise may be due to sabre rattling between the USA and Iran, but behind this is the issue of Peak Oil.
It's an intelligent, compelling and thoughtful piece of well crafted entertainment that, almost 40 years after the event - and especially in the era of a sabre rattling George W Bush and his revised defence strategy - remains chillingly relevant.
This sort of sabre rattling may go down well with the conference grass roots, but it poses serious questions further afield.
Vladimir Putin's sabre rattling in the Ukraine has prompted Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to admit Russia is a "clear and present danger" to the Baltic states.