Parachute riggers for the United States Army prepared water to be airdropped over Iraq.CreditShawn Nickel/United States Air Force, via European Pressphoto Agency
披頭的領袖藍儂也有王爾德的繡口。1963年末，四披頭參加御前的慈善綜藝表演，在演唱〈扭又叫〉一曲之前，藍儂上台對著麥克風說：「最後的一曲要請大 家幫忙。廉價座位的聽眾請鼓掌好嗎？其他的人不妨搖響你們的珠寶。」（Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.）當時皇太后與瑪格麗特公主也在場，引起哄堂大笑。
Iran test-fired nine missiles yesterday, including at least one capable of striking Israel. "Our hands are always on the trigger and our missiles are ready for launch," a top Iranian military leader said. U.S. officials tried to downplay the move, saying it demonstrates that Iran's missiles pose a real threat but essentially dismissing the tests as simple saber-rattling.
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sabre-rattling British, American & Australian, American saber-rattling
threatening behaviour which is intended to frighten someone
After months of sabre-rattling, the two sides have agreed to a peaceful resolution of their differences.
verb [I or T]
to (cause to) make a noise like a series of knocks:
The explosion rattled the cups on the table.
The dying man's voice rattled in his throat.
[+ adverb or preposition] The car rattled over the cobblestones.
My car engine is making a strange rattling noise.
sabre MAINLY UK, US USUALLY saber
1 a heavy sword with a wide, usually curved blade, used in the past by soldiers on horses
2 a light pointed sword with one sharp edge used in the sport of fencing