birth pang

noun

Definition of birth pang

1 : one of the regularly recurrent pains that are characteristic of childbirth usually used in plural
2 birth pangs plural : disorder and distress incident especially to a major social change

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Recent Examples on the Web His knack for conveying compositional struggle ingeniously reflects his theme — a nation’s birth pangs. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "These ‘missing’ Jacob Lawrence paintings are finally in a museum — and they’re masterpieces," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of birth pang

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Birth pang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20pang. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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birth pang

noun

Medical Definition of birth pang

: one of the regularly recurrent pains that are characteristic of childbirth usually used in plural

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