rattle the saber

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We are not going to rattle the saber If someone thinks they can commit war crimes, kill our people and get away with it, suffering nothing but a ban on tomato imports, as well as a few restrictions in construction or other industries, they're delusional".
Still, Lindsay-Ahaire says, "I had no interest in writing one of those didactic plays that rattle the saber and say, you know, that die system is broken and stacked against poor,.
Nor was it long after the revolution that the American right began to rattle the saber.