throe

Definitions of throe
  1. noun
    hard or painful trouble or struggle
    “a country in the throes of economic collapse”
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    type of:
    distress
    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
  2. noun
    severe spasm of pain
    “the throes of dying”
    “the throes of childbirth”
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    type of:
    agony, excruciation, suffering
    a state of acute pain
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