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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.
Translations of “sword of Damocles”
in Chinese (Traditional) 達摩克利斯劍(比喻隨時可能發生的禍事)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 达摩克利斯剑(比喻随时可能发生的祸事)…
(Definition of sword of Damocles from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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