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birth pangs

plural noun
pains associated with the process of childbirth.
Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
Origin of birth pangs
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The curtains of the dark are already shaken by the birth-pangs of the morning.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • All those nameless discontents—they were no more than love's birth-pangs.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • In anguish, fear, and humiliation had his love been born, but the birth-pangs had been as brief as they were intense.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • It would seem as if bringing forth must be always accompanied by birth-pangs.

    The Secret Life Elizabeth Bisland
  • No Hercules will reward my travail, so do not expect of me the birth-pangs that are torturing Virgil.

    Roads from Rome Anne C. E. Allinson
  • The birth-pangs of Democracy, wherewith convulsed Europe was groaning in cries that reached Heaven, could not escape me.

  • The marks of the birth-pangs remain on the land; its struggle for breath was too terrible, its scars too deep to hide or cover.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • Over there is the long mirror which will presently begin to stir and reflect the birth-pangs of light.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He can only study the trend of things and "alleviate the birth-pangs" of the new time.

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