- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH throethroe , throw
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What does throe mean?
It is almost exclusively used in the plural form throes, which refers to a state or condition of pain or violent convulsions, spasms, or pangs.
Throes is especially associated with situations involving physical or emotional pain or agony, as in the throes of childbirth or the throes of grief. It can also be used in the context of a situation that’s an intense struggle, as in the throes of creation or the throes of revolution. The phrase death throes can refer to the agony of dying or it can be used metaphorically to refer to the final stages of something, as in The terrible reviews of his latest book represent the death throes of his career.
The word throes is commonly used in the phrase in the throes of, meaning in the midst of something intense, especially a painful situation, a struggle, or a crisis, as in We were in the throes of battle when the reinforcements arrived. It can also be used in less serious situations, as in We were in the throes of a movie marathon when the power went out.
Example: When I’m in the throes of the flu, I barely have the energy to get out of bed.
Where does throe come from?
The first records of the word throe come from the 1100s. The origin of the word isn’t certain. It may come from the Old English verb thrōwian, meaning “to suffer” or “to be in pain,” or from the Old English thrāwu, meaning “threat.”
Throes is typically used in situations involving pain or struggle. It’s especially used in certain phrases, such as death throes, the throes of childbirth, and the throes of passion. It often involves something serious, but it can be used in a somewhat humorous way to exaggerate the seriousness or intensity of a situation.
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- throes (plural)
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How is throe used in real life?
Throe is rarely used. The plural form throes is most commonly used in the phrase in the throes. It’s especially applied to negative situations.
Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth – Really? would any women who, in the throes of a contraction, actually “relaxed” please raise their hand! https://t.co/Z6iBIAkbNy
— Maureen McTeer (@MaureenMcTeer) August 10, 2019
A training program that teaches NYPD officers how to de-escalate tense interactions with people who are seriously mentally ill and in the throes of a crisis was abruptly halted last week, according to the group who helps administer the program. https://t.co/op2SG50Itw
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) September 25, 2020
“To talk with Gloria Steinem, even when she’s in the throes of grief, loss and uncertainty, is to be enveloped in her unique embrace: one of understanding and caring, but also steely, spine-straightening optimism.” More from @AnnHornaday: https://t.co/GPsxUzByfP
— The Lily (@thelilynews) September 30, 2020
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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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with throe
see in the throes.