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throesnoun [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 ​worstrecession since the Second World War. He's in the throes of a mid-life ​crisis that makes him ​pretty hard to ​live with.
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 us   /θroʊz/
difficulties or ​pain: He was in the throes ofdespair after ​losing his ​job.
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