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sword of Damocles

If you have a sword of ​Damocleshanging over you/​yourhead, something ​badseems very ​likely to ​happen to you: The ​threat of a ​cut in ​funding is ​hanging over the Opera House like a sword of ​Damocles.
(Definition of sword of Damocles from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sword of Damocles”
in Chinese (Simplified) 达摩克利斯剑(比喻随时可能发生的祸事)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 達摩克利斯劍(比喻隨時可能發生的禍事)…
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