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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 Seemingly in the throes of a midlife crisis, Donald is thin-skinned and prone to nervous fits. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Sunderland ‘Til I Die is TV’s Best Show about Failure," 1 Apr. 2020 Just the same, in the throes of a pandemic that has shut down the NBA, NHL and MLB, if not the world its ownself, NFL owners doubled down this week by voting unanimously to expand playoffs this season and the schedule next year. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Football still rules: Not even coronavirus will change the NFL’s place in the sports hierarchy," 1 Apr. 2020 It's been quite an adjustment considering the network typically airs at least six hours' worth of live shows daily in the offseason, a figure that balloons in the throes of free agency, which began in earnest March 16. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "With coronavirus pandemic forcing changes, NFL Network is adapting on the fly to new TV landscape," 27 Mar. 2020 Crawford, a longtime community leader from Meridian, worried about the wisdom of cutting funds for medical care in the throes of an influenza epidemic. Popular Science, "COVID-19 could be especially bad news for the South," 26 Mar. 2020 Like many homeless people in the United States, Carmen Morris was already in the throes of a crisis before the deadly COVID-19 epidemic began. Vianna Davila, ProPublica, "Governments Are Telling Americans to Stay at Home. But Thousands of People Don’t Have One.," 25 Mar. 2020 Shackled to Gregg Popovich’s bench in the early throes of his Spurs career, the 33-year-old Carroll has had to be content to simply look good. Jeff Mcdonald,, "As Spurs look for defensive makeover, DeMarre Carroll sits in style," 21 Nov. 2019 What’s more, the optics are not ideal — players signing deals worth tens of millions of dollars in the throes of the nation’s financial uncertainty. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "NFL teams can start talking to free agents Monday morning as scheduled," 15 Mar. 2020 With the box office experiencing its first weekend fully in the throes of the virus outbreak, grosses in the U.S. and Canada totaled just $55.3 million, according to media-measurement company Comscore Inc. R.t. Watson, WSJ, "Domestic Box Office Suffers Worst Weekend in Nearly 20 Years," 15 Mar. 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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5 Apr 2020

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“Throe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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Medical Definition of throe

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

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