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saber-rattling

sa·ber-rat·tling
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sey-ber rat-ling]
    • /ˈseɪ bər ˈræt lɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sey-ber rat-ling]
    • /ˈseɪ bər ˈræt lɪŋ/

Definitions of saber-rattling word

  • noun saber-rattling a show or threat of military power, especially as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries. 1
  • uncountable noun saber-rattling If you describe a threat, especially a threat of military action, as saber-rattling, you do not believe that the threat will actually be carried out. 0
  • noun saber-rattling a threatening of war, or a menacing show of armed force 0

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Origin of saber-rattling

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25; See origin at saber, rattle1, -ing1

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Parts of speech for Saber-rattling

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

saber-rattling popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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