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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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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.
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|Noun||1.||throes - violent pangs of suffering; "death throes"|
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
throes[θrəʊz] NPL [of death] → agonía f
to be in the throes of sth/doing sth: she was in the throes of an unpleasant divorce → estaba en medio de los trámites de un divorcio nada agradable
I was still in the first throes of grief → eran sólo los primeros ramalazos de una profunda pena
we're in the throes of a major restructuring at work → en el trabajo estamos en plena reestructuración
to be in the throes of childbirth → estar en medio de los dolores del parto
while he was in the throes of writing his book → mientras estaba inmerso en la redacción de su libro
while we were in the throes of deciding what to do → mientras nos debatíamos sobre qué decisión tomar
see also death
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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the throes of childbirth → die (Geburts)wehen pl; in the throes of death → im Todeskampf, in Todesqualen pl; to be in the final throes of something (fig) → in den letzten Zügen einer Sache (gen) → liegen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
throes[θrəʊz] npl in the throes of → alle prese con
in the throes of death → in agonia
in the throes of war → dilaniato/a dalla guerra
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