Definition of throes in English:


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Pronunciation: /θrəʊz



in the throes of

In the middle of doing or dealing with something very difficult or painful: a friend was in the throes of a divorce
More example sentences
  • A large man deep in the throes of late middle age appears in the living room.
  • Once more, the country is caught in the throes of yet another round of chaotic activity at the university.
  • I hear that our great Republic is in the throes of what is being called the Great Depression.
struggling with, wrestling with, grappling with, tackling, toiling at/with, labouring at, slaving at, working at/on; having to cope with, enduring, living with, weathering, braving, facing, confronting; in the middle of, in the process of, in the course of, in the midst of, busy with, occupied in/with, taken up with/by, employed in, involved in, participating in, taking part in, absorbed in, engrossed in, immersed in, preoccupied with, carrying on, conducting, pursuing, following, practising


Middle English throwe (singular); perhaps related to Old English thrēa, thrawu 'calamity', influenced by thrōwian 'suffer'.

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