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labor pains

[ ley-ber peynz ]
/ ˈleɪ bər ˌpeɪnz /
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plural noun
pain experienced as a result of uterine contractions during childbirth.
difficulties, problems, or setbacks encountered during the initial phase of a business or project.
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Origin of labor pains

First recorded in 1745–55
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