But that particular sword of Damocles has floated off into the ether.
Did he understand that he would now have to live with a sword—not of Damocles but of polonium—hanging over his head?
Ovarian cancer is still dangling over my head like the sword of Damocles.
Then as now, the majority of Americans had little interest in examining the nuclear sword of Damocles their fear had wrought.
The United States insists that the option of force—a sword of Damocles—be included in any Security Council resolution.
He had Damocles served with a sumptuous feast and ordered his servants to show the guest the same honors as to himself.
He seemed as uncomfortable as was Damocles under the hair-suspended sword.
For the first time, since the sword of Damocles had fallen, she was alone with her thoughts.
But he knew all too bitterly under what a sword of Damocles he was standing.
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.