Definition of Big stick

1. Noun. A display of force or power. "Speak softly but carry a big stick"

Generic synonyms: Display, Show

Lexicographical Neighbors of Big Stick

big rig
big sagebrush
big school
big science
big screen
big shagbark
big shellbark
big shellbark hickory
big shot
big sister
big sisters
big slick
big spender
big stick (current term)
big tent
big time
big tobacco
big toe
big toes
big top
big tree
big up
big upped
big ups
big wheel
big wheels
big whoop
big wig

Literary usage of Big stick

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt (1913)
"... CHAPTER XII THE big stick AND THE SQUARE DEAL ONE of the vital questions with which as President I had to deal was the attitude of the Nation toward the ..."

2. Immigrant Health and the Community by Michael Marks Davis (1921)
"What may be called the big-stick theory shows its head more or less frankly in these ... Analyzed more seriously, the big-stick theory seems to imply: ..."

3. France and the Alliances: The Struggle for the Balance of Power by André Tardieu (1908)
"II. Politics. — France and the Monroe Doctrine. — American affairs. — France and the “big stick.” — Asiatic affairs. — United States and the “Open Door. ..."

4. Through Five Republics (of South America): A Critical Description of by Percy Falcke Martin (1906)
"... property—The ' big stick '— Claims against Brazilian Government by foreigners—A Government supported by brute force—The Revolution of 1904—Difficulties ..."

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