throe

noun
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throe (audio) \

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 Despite encouraging results from Canopy, the cannabis industry remains in the throes of a correction. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Cannabis giant Canopy Growth posts earnings surprise," 15 Feb. 2020 Depicting people of color in the throes of pleasure still feels like a revolutionary act. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Ava DuVernay on the ‘radical act’ of black love in OWN’s ‘Cherish the Day’," 11 Feb. 2020 But a report published in January by the National Audit Office (NAO), Parliament’s spending watchdog, suggests that Britain’s nuclear complex is in the throes of crisis. The Economist, "Defence Botched nuclear projects put the future of Britain’s defences at risk," 6 Feb. 2020 But a report published in January by the National Audit Office (NAO), Parliament’s spending watchdog, suggests that Britain’s nuclear complex is in the throes of crisis. The Economist, "Defence Botched nuclear projects put the future of Britain’s defences at risk," 8 Feb. 2020 Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price and his team are in the throes of verifying the results and quashing concerns about possible human error. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'We sincerely regret the delay': App developer apologizes after Iowa caucuses," 4 Feb. 2020 MedMen, which is in the throes of a restructuring amid a rocky financial spell, has engaged FTI Consulting to manage its outstanding balances to vendors and partners, MedMen CEO Adam Bierman told CNN Business during an interview last week. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "One of the biggest names in cannabis is falling behind in paying vendors," 28 Jan. 2020 In the throes of the Great Recession, Oregon economic development officials worked in 2010 to persuade the business to expand here rather than move the jobs to North Carolina or Oklahoma. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon paid $900,000 to a business that promised 1,600 jobs; now it’s closing Beaverton site and laying off the whole staff," 22 Jan. 2020 The restaurant — still in the throes of a transformation after Bocuse’s death — issued a crestfallen statement on Friday. James Mcauley, BostonGlobe.com, "France is aghast as an iconic restaurant loses its third Michelin star," 18 Jan. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throe?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=throe001. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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throe

noun
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throe (audio) \

Medical Definition of throe

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

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