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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

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In the throes of writing and daydreaming about the perfect nom de plume, my illustrations were also coming to life. Haley Moss, Teen Vogue, "Telling My High School Class That I'm Autistic Is the Best Thing I've Ever Done," 12 Apr. 2019 The house is in the throes of a renovation, the bedrooms a work in progress, but downstairs Piccioli works in the light-spangled study, surrounded by his decorative-arts library. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 As anyone in the Midwest could testify, this past week has been spent in the throes of the freezing cold polar vortex. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Polar Vortex Looks Absolutely Chilling From Space," 1 Feb. 2019 Nicaragua is in the throes of the political crisis, with President Daniel Ortega intensifying his crackdown on civil society and the free press. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Santa is just a jolly old fellow who wants to see everyone happy and deeply in the throes of love. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 By September Argentina was again in the throes of a currency crisis. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Argentina’s Monetary Rescue," 16 Dec. 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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