sword of Damocles

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sword of Damocles

Constant threat; imminent peril: "the Latin American debt, overhanging American banks like the sword of Damocles" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

[After Damocles.]

Sword of Damocles

(Classical Myth & Legend) a closely impending disaster
[see Damocles]

sword′ of Dam′ocles

any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sword of Damocles - a constant and imminent peril; "the possibility hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles"
endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk - a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

sword of Damocles

One regarded as an imminent danger:
Idiom: clear and present danger.
épée de Damoclès
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The sword of Damocles is hanging over the head of the chief magistrate.
For five years, the yoke of the International Criminal Court charges that have been hanging over his head like the sword of Damocles have weighed him down quite literally.
The Kyle branch now hangs like the sword of Damocles above Blackford's head, its future dependent on how annoying RBS find the political hullabaloo about other closures.
1 to 9 filed the writ petition to remove the sword of Damocles from over their heads.
The sword of Damocles hangs over the head of the Ombudsman, as well,' he added.
The sword of Damocles might fall to any side at a critical moment which would easily end up in the great modern world we have created for ourselves.
The funding Sword of Damocles has been hovering over the heads of universities for almost four years now, Ms Robinson said.
In addition to the above is the unknown outcome of Brexit, which hangs over us all like the sword of Damocles.
What we need are projects jobs and taxes to build and Bryan How can Carwyn traipse around the world trying to persuade investors that Wales is a good place to invest in with the Circuit of Wales saga hanging like the sword of Damocles over his head?
The "deal" with the EU then ceases to loom large like a Sword of Damocles and our "leaders" need not be so pathetically fearful.
More importantly, as a result of melting of glaciers due to global warming, a sword of Damocles remains hanging over our heads in the shape of floods.
Honor killing has been used as a sword of damocles against the womenfolk in some parts of our society where women live under constant fear, he added.

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