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English definition of “sabre-rattling”

sabre-rattling

noun [U] UK disapproving (US saber-rattling)     /ˈseɪ.bəˌræt.l̩.ɪŋ/ US  /-bɚˌræt̬-/
talking and behaving in a way that threatens military action Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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