Definition of Sabre rattling
1. Noun. The ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used).
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Literary usage of Sabre rattling
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1846)
"And let levelled lance and sabre, rattling shot and blazing gun, Think of Acre's reeking slaughter, Badajos, Sebastian's cry — To the brim the cup is ..."
2. The Knickerbocker; Or, New York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew, Timothy Flint, Washington Irving (1846)
"... And let levelled lance and sabre, rattling shot and blazing gun, Tell the foes of France and Frenchmen, ' Once again her ' chosen' come ! ..."
3. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"... among the most astute politicians, and Americans will remember that we are even able to show the type of sabre-rattling Admirals with strong- words. ..."
4. The Life of Whitelaw Reid by Royal Cortissoz (1921)
"But as Germany's sabre-rattling became more pronounced he saw that he was in a position to avert catastrophe, and in an absolutely disinterested spirit, ..."
5. The German Empire Between Two Wars: A Study of the Political and Social by Robert Herndon Fife (1916)
"German diplomacy has blunders enough on its shoulders, but the German people themselves were largely responsible for the "sabre rattling" which became ..."
6. The German Empire Between Two Wars: A Study of the Political and Social by Robert Herndon Fife (1916)
"... violent talk from the jingo press, only too reminiscent of the "sabre-rattling" policy that Bismarck occasionally used with such skill against France. ..."