a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
a sharp attack of emotion.
any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
the agony of death.
the pains of childbirth.
- throe , throw
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How to use throe in a sentence
One of the most delicate times in the pandemic will be the period between its worst throes and widespread immunity.Covid-19 vaccines are great — but you still need to wear a mask for now | Umair Irfan | February 9, 2021 | Vox
No matter that the economy, then as now, was in the throes of a historic economic catastrophe.Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again | Catherine Rampell | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Let’s start with Grantham’s warning on how a big, new spike in prices, from already high levels, presages the death throes of a bull market.
Advertisers say they need agencies now more than ever, and in the throes of economic uncertainty, they are working their agencies harder.
One of the lessons our animals teach us is to love even in the throes of grieving.I have the pandemic to thank for this precious time with my old hound, Teddy | Diana Nyad | December 21, 2020 | Washington Post
The sea moaned—more than moaned—among the boulders below the ruins, a throe of its tide being timed to regular intervals.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
Sneak had hastily brought thither his effects, and without a throe of regret abandoned his house for ever to the owls.Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
A throe of anguish caused her to concentrate her strength with one grand effort, and the rope that held her right hand parted.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard
Pang, pang, n. a violent but not long-continued pain: a sudden and bitter feeling of sorrow: a throe.
Every throe of the sick girl seemed to penetrate her own body.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty | J. W. de Forest
British Dictionary definitions for throe
rare a pang or pain
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Other Idioms and Phrases with throe
see in the throes.
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