their threats contained a measure of bluster
The first was its obvious lunacy, the immensity of the concept ‘millennium’ causing much bluster in pundits and presenters alike as it became clear the public had absolutely ignored it.
My own view would be to let him bluster , let him rant and rave all he wants, and let that be a matter between he and his own country.
The ‘all options’ caveat refers to action short of war, if it isn't in fact merely bluster , which I think more likely.
‘Their bluster had gone on for hours,’ Edmond mutters.
I have the suspicion that all their albums sound exactly the same, though - and that all of the songs are really the same minor-key psuedo-tuneful bluster .
Bravado, bluster , and empty threats were, after all, only useful to a certain degree.
The children are true to their later personalities as teens: Freddie is full of bluster and bravado, Daphne is girly and vain, and Velma is nerdy.
The rest of the speech consisted largely of jingoistic bluster and attempts at political intimidation.
Privately, some government officials dismiss the reaction as bluster , exaggerating the impact to win a better deal for the company.