Did he understand that he would now have to live with a sword—not of Damocles but of polonium—hanging over his head?
Then as now, the majority of Americans had little interest in examining the nuclear sword of Damocles their fear had wrought.
Of course, if we can mix our classical references, Russia has its Sword of Damocles to cut this Gordian Knot.
But that particular sword of Damocles has floated off into the ether.
Ovarian cancer is still dangling over my head like the sword of Damocles.
He had Damocles served with a sumptuous feast and ordered his servants to show the guest the same honors as to himself.
But he knew all too bitterly under what a sword of Damocles he was standing.
For the first time, since the sword of Damocles had fallen, she was alone with her thoughts.
Here, indeed, was the dread descent of the sword on Damocles.
Ruth, there is a Damocles sword hanging over that nest of birds, and it is liable to fall at any moment.
courtier of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse; his name in Greek means literally "fame of the people," from demos, damos "people" (see demotic) + -kles "fame," a common ending in Greek proper names (e.g. Sophocles, Pericles), from PIE *klew-es, from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). To teach Damocles how a tyrant lives, Dionysius seated him at a banquet with a sword suspended above his head by a single hair.