from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to Damocles, a flatterer, who, having extolled the happiness of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was placed by the latter at a magnificent banquet, with a sword suspended over his head by a single hair, to show him the perilous nature of that happiness: hence applied to any condition, especially one of eminence, threatened with extreme danger.


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  • We handed them a damoclean sword to hang over our head in the middle east.

    Power out

  • The damoclean sword of use and abuse forever swung perilously over the collective head of mankind.

    the ship who sang


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