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birth pangs

plural noun
pains associated with the process of childbirth.
Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
Origin of birth pangs
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Surely mankind must come to its own in these birth pangs of a new era.

  • It is decreed of mothers that their birth pangs shall not cease until they die.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • They are striving earnestly and successfully to adjust conditions created in the birth pangs of a social revolution.

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