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throe

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noun \ˈthrō\

Definition of throe

  1. 1 :  pang, spasm <death throes> <throes of childbirth>

  2. 2 plural :  a hard or painful struggle <the throes of revolutionary social change — M. D. Geismar>



Examples of throe

  1. <collapsed in the throes of agony>

  2. <that third-world country is caught up in the throes of a democratic revolution>



Origin of throe

Middle English thrawe, throwe, from Old English thrawu, thrēa threat, pang; akin to Old High German drawa threat


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with throe


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throe

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noun \ˈthrō\

Medical Definition of throe

  1. :  pang, spasm—usually used in plural <death throes> <throes of childbirth>






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