\ˈthrō \

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

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Some of the races outstanding have been overlooked as both the Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida are in the throes of a recount process that has spurred a flurry of legal activity. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Democratic Gains in the House Could Climb to 38 Seats," 12 Nov. 2018 Marie Claire spoke to three women in the throes of trying to rebuild their lives—and breasts—after cancer. . Sara Gaynes Levy, Marie Claire, "What Happens When You Can’t Afford Breast Cancer Reconstruction?," 16 Oct. 2018 Facebook, in the throes of its own security troubles, launched a pilot to protect the accounts of political candidates shortly after. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomes scrutiny that has roiled tech industry. Easy for him to say," 9 Oct. 2018 With the release of A Star Is Born inching closer, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are deep in the throes of one of the most extensive press tours in recent memory. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Watch Lady Gaga Tear Up While Surprising Fans at A Star Is Born Screening," 4 Oct. 2018 If that feels like a long time, brace yourself: Variety reports the fifth installment of the saga will miss its July 2020 release date, stuck in the throes of development due to issues with the script. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "A Chance-Kanye collaboration, Infinity Mirror Room popping up in Chicago, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 6 July 2018 Trump, Leo, and now-White House counsel Don McGahn had first collaborated on a list of names for the Supreme Court more than two years earlier, in the throes of the GOP primary. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Meet Leonard Leo: unassuming figure with big voice on Supreme Court nominees," 3 July 2018 The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) formed in 1943 as the world was in the throes of World War II. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 June 2018 Left behind in the throes of evacuations from the Pawnee Fire in Lake County, all those animals were saved from impending flames and shepherded to a county shelter. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "When wildfires strike, animals get left behind. Meet the Lake County team that rescues them.," 25 June 2018

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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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Medical Definition of throe 

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

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