Definition of “sword of Damocles” - English Dictionary

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“sword of Damocles” in British English

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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:

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)

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