Definition of throes noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//θrəʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//θroʊz//
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  • violent pains, especially at the moment of death The creature went into its death throes.
  • Word OriginMiddle English throwe (singular); perhaps related to Old English thrēa, thrawu ‘calamity’, influenced by thrōwian ‘suffer’.Idioms
    in the throes of something/of doing something
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    in the middle of an activity, especially a difficult or complicated one The country was in the throes of revolutionary change. We’re in the throes of moving to a new office, so the place is in chaos at the moment.
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