- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
Examples from the Web for throes
Truth be told, there is no one better at capturing the agony and alarm of a woman in the throes of a nervous breakdown than Moore.
Across the country, high school seniors are in the throes of completing college applications before looming deadlines.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And suddenly you were in the throes of both creation and destruction.
“Only my work holds my heart,” he wrote in the throes of his first serious relationship.John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness|Wendy Smith|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Photographed by Steven Meisel, the shoot features Bündchen in the throes of a blood facial and butt-cupping therapy.Gisele Gets a Vampire Facial in Vogue; Gucci Makeup May Be On Its Way|The Fashion Beast Team|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Come in," I call impatiently, and Celia finds me absolutely in the throes.Once a Week|Alan Alexander Milne
On his return he found the country in the throes of the great election after the Reform Bill.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)|John Morley
Two wise men (seers) were out walking, and came near a house where a ewe was just in the throes of parturition.The Folk-Tales of the Magyars|Various
For eleven months the country was kept in the throes of partisan turmoil—and for what?
Thou hast permitted the nations to rise up in war against each other and our own beloved country to become engulfed in its throes.Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week|John Habermann
Word Origin for throe
c.1200, throwe "pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death," possibly from Old English þrawan "twist, turn, writhe" (see throw), or altered from Old English þrea (genitive þrawe) "affliction, pang, evil, threat" (related to þrowian "to suffer"), from Proto-Germanic *thrawo (cf. Middle High German dro "threat," German drohen "to threaten"). Modern spelling first recorded 1610s. Related: Throes.
see in the throes.