throes


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throe

 (thrō)
n.
1. often throes A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
2. throes A condition of extreme difficulty or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse.

[Middle English throwe, thrawe, partly from Old English thrāwu, variant of thrēa, chastisement, affliction, pang, and probably also partly from Old English thōwian, to suffer, and partly from Old Norse thrā, hard struggle.]

throes

(θrəʊz)
pl n
1. (Pathology) a condition of violent pangs, pain, or convulsions: death throes.
2. in the throes of struggling with great effort with: a country in the throes of revolution.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.throes - violent pangs of suffering; "death throes"
hurt, suffering - feelings of mental or physical pain

throes

plural noun pains, spasms, pangs, fit, stabs, convulsions, paroxysm The animal twitched in its final death throes.
in the throes of something in the midst of, in the process of, suffering from, struggling with, wrestling with, toiling with, anguished by, agonized by, in the pangs of The country is in the throes of a general election.
Translations

throes

[θrəʊz] NPL [of death] → agonía f
to be in the throes of sth/doing sth: she was in the throes of an unpleasant divorceestaba en medio de los trámites de un divorcio nada agradable
I was still in the first throes of grieferan sólo los primeros ramalazos de una profunda pena
we're in the throes of a major restructuring at worken el trabajo estamos en plena reestructuración
to be in the throes of childbirthestar en medio de los dolores del parto
while he was in the throes of writing his bookmientras estaba inmerso en la redacción de su libro
while we were in the throes of deciding what to domientras nos debatíamos sobre qué decisión tomar
see also death

throes

[ˈθrəʊz] npl
in the throes of (= in the middle of) → au beau milieu de
(= painful experience) → affres fpl
death throes (fig) [institution, organization] → agonie f
a society in its death throes → une société agonisante (lit) [person, animal] → agonie f
a creature in its death throes → une créature à l'agonie

throes

pl
the throes of childbirthdie (Geburts)wehen pl; in the throes of deathim Todeskampf, in Todesqualen pl; to be in the final throes of something (fig)in den letzten Zügen einer Sache (gen)liegen
(fig)Wirren pl; we are in the throes of movingwir stecken mitten im Umzug; I was in the throes of compositionich war völlig vertieft in meine Kompositionen; in the throes of inspirationin künstlerischer Versunkenheit

throes

[θrəʊz] npl in the throes ofalle prese con
in the throes of death → in agonia
in the throes of war → dilaniato/a dalla guerra
References in classic literature ?
He was beset by ideas and in the throes of one of his ideas was uncontrollable.
His pervading and continual hope -- a hallucination, which, in the face of all discouragement, and making light of impossibilities, haunts him while he lives, and, I fancy, like the convulsive throes of the cholera, torments him for a brief space after death -- is, that finally, and in no long time, by some happy coincidence of circumstances, he shall be restored to office.
often, when forced from his hammock by exhausting and intolerably vivid dreams of the night, which, resuming his own intense thoughts through the day, carried them on amid a clashing of phrensies, and whirled them round and round in his blazing brain, till the very throbbing of his life-spot became insufferable anguish; and when, as was sometimes the case, these spiritual throes in him heaved his being up from its base, and a chasm seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them; when this hell in himself yawned beneath him, a wild cry would be heard through the ship; and with glaring eyes Ahab would burst from his state room, as though escaping from a bed that was on fire.
Born in throes, 't is fit that man should live in pains and die in pangs
He did not know but that the day of his death was dawning in the sky; and his heart throbbed with solemn throes of joy and desire, as he thought that the wondrous all, of which he had often pondered,--the great white throne, with its ever radiant rainbow; the white-robed multitude, with voices as many waters; the crowns, the palms, the harps,--might all break upon his vision before that sun should set again.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
So I was up and out of the town while as yet most of the inhabitants were in the throes of getting up.
Pensive here I sat Alone, but long I sat not, till my womb Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.
When the ancient world was in its last throes, the ancient religions were overcome by Christianity.
Philippe fortunately was not touched, but Bichette, mortally wounded, was struggling in the throes of death.
When," asked one of the women, "will we enjoy the death throes of the red one?
But time began at last to obliterate the freshness of my alarm; the praises of conscience began to grow into a thing of course; I began to be tortured with throes and longings, as of Hyde struggling after freedom; and at last, in an hour of moral weakness, I once again compounded and swallowed the transforming draught.