One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A demonstration of the forces at one's command and of one's readiness to use them.‘the government used low-flying jets over Pristina in a show of force’
- ‘A bomber can be recalled, rerouted in flight, used as a show of force, or used in a non-nuclear conflict.’
- ‘U.S. fighter jets thundered through the skies over the city throughout the morning in a show of force against the militants.’
- ‘US forces have begun using massive firepower in a show of force aimed at intimidating resistance.’
- ‘Police are mounting a show of force in Brixton, London, after a demonstration on Friday ended in a riot.’
- ‘On August 1, in an unmistakable show of force, the Chinese military held its first ever parade of troops and armoured vehicles through Hong Kong.’
- ‘U.S. soldiers and marines made a show of force in and around the area.’
- ‘They were deployed more as a show of force than as force aiming to achieve concrete results on the ground.’
- ‘Units also conducted reconnaissance patrols and security operations in full view of the local population as a show of force.’
- ‘And U.S. troops put on a show of force in areas still loyal to the former dictator.’
- ‘During the U.S. intervention in Grenada, the military put on a major show of force in Central America.’
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