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throes

noun [plural] uk   /θrəʊz/ us    /θroʊz/
in the throes of sth experiencing or doing something that is difficult, unpleasant, or painful: The country is presently in the throes of the worst recession since the Second World War. He's in the throes of a mid-life crisis that makes him rather difficult to live with.
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