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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.]
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(Pathology) rare a pang or pain
[Old English thrāwu threat; related to Old High German drawa threat, Old Norse thrā desire, thrauka to endure]
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1. a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
a. any violent convulsion or struggle.
b. the agony of death.
[1150–1200; Middle English throwe, alter. of thrawe, Old English thrawu, c. Old Norse thrā]
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|Noun||1.||throe - severe spasm of pain; "the throes of dying"; "the throes of childbirth"|
|2.||throe - hard or painful trouble or struggle; "a country in the throes of economic collapse"|
distress - a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress"
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2. A sensation of physical discomfort occurring as the result of disease or injury:
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