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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 Whether that information had been inadvertently lost or someone had covered it up wasn’t clear; Lance was still in the throes of his research. Susan Choi, Harper's magazine, "The Whale Mother," 6 Jan. 2020 The Braun grand slam The biggest Brewers hit of the year came Sept. 15, with Milwaukee in the throes of a hard charge toward a playoff spot and breathing down the Cardinals’ neck for the National League Central title. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the 20 Wisconsin sports moments from 2019 that we'll never forget," 26 Dec. 2019 In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle., "“Please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole,” 8-year-old Michelle Rochon, of Marine City, pleaded, according to news reports at the time. ‘‘Because they will kill Santa Claus.”," 26 Dec. 2019 In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle. Philip Marcelo,, "JFK letter promising Santa safe during Cold War on display," 25 Dec. 2019 His sister, Leighann Rose McCoy, was in the throes of her opioid addiction. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, "From pills to fentanyl: Three personal stories that show how the opioid crisis evolved," 23 Dec. 2019 Oregon is in the throes of an especially bad flu season. oregonlive, "Oregon child dies of a flu-related illness," 23 Dec. 2019 In the throes of the holiday season, Rubin recommends that parents alternate responsibilities and pace themselves. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin shares tips to avoid stress over the holidays," 16 Dec. 2019 In 2016, during the throes of a multiyear drought, California enacted the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, which directs the state’s Department of Water Resources to create an open-access platform for water availability and usage data. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "The West's Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of throe was in the 13th century

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12 Jan 2020

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“Throe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of throe

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

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