birth pangs


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birth pangs

pl.n.
1. The repetitive pains occurring in childbirth.
2. Difficulty or turmoil associated with a development or transition: the birth pangs of an emergent democracy.
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Noun1.birth pangs - a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirthbirth pangs - a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
pang - a sharp spasm of pain
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BIRTH pangs were inevitable for Jeremy Corbyn's grassroots "new politics".
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Digging deeply into archives and old newspapers, Freeberg takes us on a captivating intellectual adventure that offers long-forgotten stories of the birth pangs of the electrical age that are amusing, surprising and tragic.
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Indeed, while the Republican Party struggled with perceptions of extremism in 1964, the long-term birth pangs of an increasingly robust conservative movement evidenced in the 1980s and beyond are attributable to this origin.
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