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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

Examples of throe in a Sentence

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 Most lighter elements are forged in the death-throe explosions of massive stars known as supernovas, but astronomers have long theorized that the heavier elements might originate in kilonovas produced when two neutron stars collide. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 There’s a death throe going on for white supremacy and patriarchy and homophobia and antisemitism. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021 Deutsche Bank is in the throes of a massive restructuring aimed at turning it into a leaner, more profitable machine after five consecutive annual losses. Dinesh Nair,, 11 June 2020 That would include having unarmed mental health professionals, instead of police officers, respond when people are in the throes of a mental health crisis, Henton said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 9 June 2020 Officials in , now in the throes of one of the world’s most explosive outbreaks, warn that the hospital system in Santiago is teetering at capacity. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, 3 June 2020 His death reverberated throughout an NBA already in the throes of a tough year. Jeff Mcdonald,, 22 May 2020 This shock, unlike prior ones, comes upon an energy sector already in the throes of change. The Economist, 21 May 2020 But while Wednesday’s move provides hope for cities from Paris to New York currently in the throes of their own lockdowns, the restrictions China is leaving in place show that the road back to normality will be long., 19 May 2020 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of throe

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

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