Speak softly and carry a big stick

Speak softly and carry a big stick definition

A proverb quoted by Theodore Roosevelt as a brief statement of his approach to foreign policy. (See big stick diplomacy.)


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    spazzy speak the same language Understand one another very well, agree with each other, as in Negotiations went on for days, but finally both sides realized they weren’t speaking the same language. This term, alluding to literal understanding of spoken words, dates from the late 1800s.

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    verb (intransitive, preposition) 1. to address (a person) 2. to reprimand: your father will speak to you later 3. (formal) to give evidence of or comments on (a subject): who will speak to this item?

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    Assume something prematurely, as in I guess I spoke too soon about moving to Boston; I didn’t get the job after all.

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    verb (intransitive, adverb) 1. to speak more loudly 2. to state one’s beliefs, objections, etc, bravely and firmly 1. Also, speak out. Talk loudly, so as to be heard, as in Speak up, child, I can’t hear you, or He should speak out so that those in back can hear him. The first term dates […]

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