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Then as now, the majority of Americans had little interest in examining the nuclear sword of Damocles their fear had wrought.
Of course, if we can mix our classical references, Russia has its Sword of Damocles to cut this Gordian Knot.
Did he understand that he would now have to live with a sword—not of Damocles but of polonium—hanging over his head?
The United States insists that the option of force—a sword of Damocles—be included in any Security Council resolution.
But that particular sword of Damocles has floated off into the ether.
It was a slender needle with light glinting on its tail—the Sword of Damocles hanging above their heads.First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
While this sword of Damocles was suspended over his head he was bound in honour to be silent.A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
Like the sword of Damocles is the charity demon, hanging over its victims.Crimes of Charity|Konrad Bercovici
And so, the next day, Damocles was led into the palace, and all the servants were bidden to treat him as their master.Fifty Famous Stories Retold|James Baldwin
Finally the sword of Damocles had fallen, and almost one-sixth of beautiful France had been laid waste.
courtier of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse; his name in Greek means literally "fame of the people," from demos, damos "people" (see demotic) + -kles "fame," a common ending in Greek proper names (e.g. Sophocles, Pericles), from PIE *klew-es, from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). To teach Damocles how a tyrant lives, Dionysius seated him at a banquet with a sword suspended above his head by a single hair.