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Meaning of saber-rattling

sa•ber-rat•tling

Pronunciation: (sā'bur-rat"ling), [key]
— n.
  1. a show or threat of military power, esp. as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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