sword of Damocles

noun phrase, often capitalized S
sword of Dam·​o·​cles | \ -ˈda-mə-ˌklēz How to pronounce sword of Damocles (audio) \

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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“Sword of Damocles.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sword%20of%20Damocles. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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