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throes (noun) [used usually in plural] violent pains.

The throes of death are the violent pains a person has at the time of death. The throes of childbirth are the violent pains a woman has at the time of childbirth.

  • Only women who have experienced the throes of childbirth can understand them. They alone know what kind of pains childbirth causes.
  • The country is now passing through the throes of acute economic problems. It is experiencing the severe trouble of lack of funds.
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