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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 ?
So I was up and out of the town while as yet most of the inhabitants were in the throes of getting up.
When," asked one of the women, "will we enjoy the death throes of the red one?
But I have been able to dwell in their charming out-land or no-land with the shepherds and shepherdesses and nymphs, satyrs, and fauns, of Tasso and Guarini, and I take the finest pleasure in their company, their Dresden china loves and sorrows, their airy raptures, their painless throes, their polite anguish, their tears not the least salt, but flowing as sweet as the purling streams of their enamelled meadows.
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.
Powerful by nature and rendered still more so in the throes of one of his maniacal fits of fury he was no mean antagonist, even for the mighty ape-man, and to this a distinct advantage for him was added by the fact that almost at the outset of their battle Tarzan, in stepping backward, struck his heel against the corpse of the man whom Smith-Oldwick had killed, and fell heavily backward to the floor with Metak upon his breast.
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
The Indians of the Orellanna, also, tell of horrible noises heard occasionally in the Paraguaxo, which they consider the throes and groans of the mountains, endeavoring to cast forth the precious stones hidden within its entrails.
The soil, however, ran lower from mile to mile; the undulations of the gold-bearing mountains they had left died away into the plain, like the last throes of exhausted Nature.
The skipper of the Flibberty-Gibbet arrived in the thick of it, in the first throes of oncoming fever, staggering as he walked, and shivering so severely that he could scarcely hold the rifle he carried.
As a man struggles in the throes of nightmare, so Jerry struggled in the vexed, salt-suffocating sea.
The man you drove from Eden's grove Was I, my Lord, was I, And I shall be there when the earth and the air Are rent from sea to sky; For it is my world, my gorgeous world, The world of my dearest woes, From the first faint cry of the newborn To the rack of the woman's throes.
When anne came downstairs again, the Island, as well as all Canada, was in the throes of a campaign preceding a general election.