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  • death throes — n [plural] 1.) the final stages before something fails or ends ▪ The peace pact seems to be in its death throes . 2.) sudden violent movements that people sometimes make when they are dying …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • death throes — death ,throes noun plural 1. ) the final stages of something before it comes to an end or fails completely 2. ) uncontrolled shaking and twisting movements of someone who is dying in pain …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • death throes — also death throes 1) N PLURAL: usu with poss The death throes of something are its final stages, just before it fails completely or ends. [LITERARY] Their work is a despairing metaphor for a society in its death throes... The dead tycoon s sons… …   English dictionary

  • death-throes — see death throes …   English dictionary

  • death throes — noun (plural) 1 the final stages before something fails or ends: The coalition seems to be in its death throes. 2 sudden violent movements sometimes made by someone who is dying …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • death throes — spasms suffered by a dying person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • death throes — UK / US noun [plural] 1) the final stages of something before it comes to an end or fails completely 2) uncontrolled shaking and twisting movements of someone who is dying in pain …   English dictionary

  • death throes — …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) death throes of something — the final/last/death/throes of something phrase the last stages of something, just before it ends, usually when it is ending badly the last throes of my career Thesaurus: ends, finishes and final stagessynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • throes — [ θrouz ] noun the final/last/death throes of something the last stages of something, just before it ends, usually when it is ending badly: the last throes of my career in the throes of something 1. ) involved in a difficult or unpleasant… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • throes — [θrəuz US θrouz] n [plural] [: Old English; Origin: thrag time ] in the throes of sth formal in the middle of a very difficult situation ▪ a country in the throes of a profound economic crisis →↑death throes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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