A statement, that on its face is not threatening, but holds the covert intent of possible damage.

"You will get what's coming to you."

Spoken in monotone, without a smile, could be a veiled threat. If this same sentence were spoken with a smile in a lilting voice (with emphasis on the first 'you') it might be a promise of a reward.

Veiled threats are common weapons of organized crime bosses, high school principals and parents.

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