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labor pains

plural noun
pain encountered during the uterine contractions of childbirth.
difficulties, problems, or setbacks encountered during the initial phase of a business or project.
Origin of labor pains
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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labor pains pl.n.
Rhythmical uterine contractions that, under normal conditions, increase in intensity, frequency, and duration, and culminate in vaginal delivery of the infant.

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