American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
- n. A condition of agonizing struggle or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent pang; hence, pain; anguish; suffering; agony: particularly applied to the anguish of travail in childbirth or parturition.
- n. Effort.
- To agonize; struggle in extreme pain; be in agony.
- To pain; put in agony.
- n. See throw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish; agony; especially, one of the pangs of travail in childbirth, or purturition.
- n. A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.
- v. To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
- v. rare To put in agony.
- n. hard or painful trouble or struggle
- n. severe spasm of pain
- From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English þrēa, thrawu ("threat"). This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English throwe, perhaps alteration of thrawe, from Old English thrawu, genitive of thrēah, pain, affliction. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A public licking for the throe was the least they could expect.”
“Something was happening in the mind of the poet, the "funeral in my brain", the volcanic "throe".”
“And he felt the stir in him, like a throe of yearning pain, of the desire to paint these visions that flashed unsummoned on the mirror of his mind.”
“And then, in the midst of the bitterest throe, came a great visioning.”
“They say that in his death-throe he arose and facing some great, ghostly choir raised his last baton, while all around the massive silence rang with the last mist-music of his dying ears.”
“But he want be able to throe her under a bus, to the back of the bus, to the front of the bus, or in front of the bus.”
“You probably want to throe out all the votes that werent for Hillary in michigan right? so much for the champion of the voters, this is just greed mary cleveland, ohio”
“You throe one thing than another you end up with a third lose thing that is different that the first two things once the right time passes.”
“With the above typed, I think BO in his final obamacare death throe this week will try and resell the same bag of junk, in incremental form, with alot of zesty new age words in a way that attempts to convince congress that this is doable.”
“And then a throe overswept her and she brought her knees up toward her belly and her eyes squeezed shut.”
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