verb (used without object)
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Origin of travail
Example sentences from the Web for travail
He returned home a pauper without a pension and 50 years later, at 70, chronicled the travails of the War of Independence.
The whole history of Western film and TV is mostly the travails of wealthy people with problems only the wealthy can understand.
Ira is classic Moore; his travails feature her signature blend of absurdity and desperation.
It was he who guided us through the travails of early adulthood.
That quip reflected his own travails with thinking outside the box.
They took with them two dogs, which drew well-laden travails (sledges), and hoped to arrive there in about nine days.
And so I leave the Captain, walking slowly, already forgetful of my recent travails, blind to the things about me.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914|Maurice Genevoix
His heart yearns towards them; he travails over them in birth again.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
Better travails, I suppose, had the Stoics taken in this argument, as far as I can gather by that which we have at second hand.The Advancement of Learning|Francis Bacon
More often the emotion precedes the conception; the vague, awed sense of God travails till a new thought is born among men.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton