throe

[throh]
noun
1.
a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
2.
a sharp attack of emotion.
3.
throes.
a.
any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
b.
the agony of death.
c.
the pains of childbirth.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe (-o- from Old English thrōwian to suffer, be in pain), Old English thrawu; cognate with Old Norse thrā (in līkthrā leprosy)

throe, throw.


3a. upheaval, tumult, chaos, turmoil.
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throe (θrəʊ)
 
n
rare a pang or pain
 
[Old English thrāwu threat; related to Old High German drawa threat, Old Norse thrā desire, thrauka to endure]

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Word Origin & History

throe
c.1200, throwe "pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death," possibly from O.E. þrawan "twist, turn, writhe" (see throw), or altered from O.E. þrea (gen. þrawe) "affliction, pang, evil, threat" (related to þrowian "to suffer"), from P.Gmc. *thrawo (cf.
M.H.G. dro "threat," Ger. drohen "to threaten"). Modern spelling first recorded 1615.
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Idioms & Phrases

throe

see in the throes.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
They asked for a resource room where they can distress and get ready for throe court appearances.
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