sword of Damocles
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We happily hoist our egg nog in the air, embrace each other, and raise our out-of-tune voices in song.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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But then the sword is miraculously returned to him, and he girds for battle once again.
The men, whose poniards his sword parried, had recourse to fire-arms, and two pistols were fired at him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Whatever you do, don't write a word to that Carr friend of yours; he's as sharp as a two-edged sword.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
He stabbed her from beneath, and passed half of his sword through her body, and at that the poor lady fell.
Since words have different meanings, we may sometimes find that a pair of words exemplify all three Laws, as plough and sword.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto destruction.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
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Also, Damocles' sword. Impending disaster, as in The likelihood of lay-offs has been a sword of Damocles over the department for months. This expression alludes to the legend of Damocles, a servile courtier to King Dionysius I of Syracuse. The king, weary of Damocles' obsequious flattery, invited him to a banquet and seated him under a sword hung by a single hair, so as to point out to him the precariousness of his position. The idiom was first recorded in 1747. The same story gave rise to the expression hang by a thread.