birth pangs

plural noun

pains associated with the process of childbirth.
Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.

Nearby words

  1. birth mother,
  2. birth name,
  3. birth of a nation, the,
  4. birth palsy,
  5. birth pang,
  6. birth parent,
  7. birth rate,
  8. birth trauma,
  9. birth weight,
  10. birth-control pill

Origin of birth pangs

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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