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Definition of throe

1 : pang, spasm death throes throes of childbirth
2 throes plural : a hard or painful struggle the throes of revolutionary social change— M. D. Geismar

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collapsed in the throes of agony that third-world country is caught up in the throes of a democratic revolution
Recent Examples on the Web Deutsche Bank is in the throes of a massive restructuring aimed at turning it into a leaner, more profitable machine after five consecutive annual losses. Dinesh Nair,, "Deutsche Bank’s Head of EMEA Is Leaving the Company," 11 June 2020 That would include having unarmed mental health professionals, instead of police officers, respond when people are in the throes of a mental health crisis, Henton said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Black Lives Matter Cleveland co-founder, Cleveland police union attorney spar during virtual discussion: takeaways," 9 June 2020 Officials in , now in the throes of one of the world’s most explosive outbreaks, warn that the hospital system in Santiago is teetering at capacity. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "Latin America had time to prepare for the coronavirus. It couldn’t stop the inevitable.," 3 June 2020 His death reverberated throughout an NBA already in the throes of a tough year. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How Jerry Sloan inspired what the Spurs have become," 22 May 2020 This shock, unlike prior ones, comes upon an energy sector already in the throes of change. The Economist, "The other crisis Can covid help flatten the climate curve?," 21 May 2020 But while Wednesday’s move provides hope for cities from Paris to New York currently in the throes of their own lockdowns, the restrictions China is leaving in place show that the road back to normality will be long., "Residents Rush Trains, Take to Highways as Wuhan Lifts Lockdown," 19 May 2020 In late February, there was uproar in Kenya when a China Southern Airlines flights landed in Nairobi and 239 passengers arriving from mainland China, which was still in the throes of the pandemic, were allowed to disembark without testing. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "As China faces a blacklash in the West, Xi needs Africa more than ever," 19 May 2020 By the start of spring on March 19, Michigan was in the throes of one of the nation’s worst Covid-19 outbreaks. Elliott Woods, Wired, "‘You’re Not Alone’: How One Nurse Is Confronting the Pandemic," 17 May 2020

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First Known Use of throe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for throe

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

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“Throe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of throe

: pang, spasm usually used in plural death throes throes of childbirth

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