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rattling

rat ling

  • n  a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
  • v  make short successive sounds
  • v  shake and cause to make a rattling noise
  • s  extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers
    had a rattling conversation about politics
  • s  quick and energetic
    traveling at a rattling rate
  • r  used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    a rattling good yarn

  • After years of empty saber rattling, NATO at last unsheathes its sword and strikes at the Bosnian Serbs, punishing them for the massacre of 37 Sarajevans, driving them to the .
  • In short, Jahangir rails against the myriad injustices that plague her homeland, a type of cage rattling that doesn't always get popular support.
  • The amusing thing about the missile-rattling is that, so far, the Russians are rattling non-existent missiles.
News & Articles

  • Streaking Padres playing their best ball of the year despite injuries
    The Padres are the National League's hottest team, so hot that they turned Fathers' Day (a.k.a. El Día del Padre) into a weeklong celebration, rattling off six straight wins in consecutive sweeps of the NL East-leading Braves and the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Since starting 5-15, San Diego is now just two games out of first place in the NL West after having gone 10-5 in June and 30-19 over ...
    June 18, 2013 - Sports Illustrated
  • Joe Lemire: Streaking Padres playing their best ball of the year despite injuries
    The Padres are the National League's hottest team, so hot that they turned Fathers' Day (a.k.a. El Día del Padre) into a weeklong celebration, rattling off six straight wins in consecutive sweeps of the NL East-leading Braves and the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Since starting 5-15, San Diego is now just two games out of first place in the NL West after having gone 10-5 in June and 30-19 over ...
    June 17, 2013 - Sports Illustrated
  • N. Korea resumes nuclear saber-rattling
    PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 15 (UPI) -- North Korea resumed nuclear saber-rattling after proposed ministerial-level peace negotiations with South Korea failed to materialize, diplomats said.
    June 15, 2013 - UPI
Quotes

  • Barack Obama in Reuters UK
    I think it's language that's reflective of George Bush. We have had a foreign policy of bluster and saber rattling,Obama said of Clinton's threat to "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel.
  • Bill Richardson in Forbes
    Saber-rattling is not a good way to get the Iranians to cooperate,Richardson said in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post (nyse: WPO - news - people ). "But it is a good way to start a new war."

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