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English definition of “sabre-rattling”

sabre-rattling

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