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English definition of “sword of Damocles”

sword of Damocles

If you have a sword of Damocles hanging over you/ your head , something bad seems very likely to happen to you: Government threats to cut the budget by 50 percent are hanging over the Opera House like a sword of Damocles .Fate and destiny
(Definition of sword of Damocles from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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