sword of Damocles

noun phrase, often capitalized S
sword of Dam·o·cles | \-ˈda-mə-ˌklēz \

Definition of sword of Damocles 

: an impending disaster

First Known Use of sword of Damocles

1820, in the meaning defined above

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