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.]
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Sword of Damocles

(Classical Myth & Legend) a closely impending disaster
[see Damocles]
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sword′ of Dam′ocles

any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.
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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"
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sword of Damocles

One regarded as an imminent danger:
Idiom: clear and present danger.
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épée de Damoclès
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