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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n throes violent pangs of suffering "death throes"
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “I like a look of Agony, because I know it's true -- men do not sham Convulsion, nor simulate, a Throe --”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.”


In literature:

His whole life seemed made up of successive throes of excitement and desperation.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
The muffled throes of crushed hearts are the only response.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
A new order will be born in throes and convulsions.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
Strive and hold cheap the strain; Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!
"A Girl's Student Days and After" by Jeannette Marks
She considers it harmless, moribund, in the throes of disintegration.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Man locked with man, amid the conflict's throes, With strength and leaders matched, the rival armies close.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Before, in the worst throes of the plague, there had been no sign of this kind of reaction.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
These were throes which would terminate in the birth of some gigantic and sanguinary purpose.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I knew it was Tedham come back again, and I was still in the throes of buttoning on my collar when my wife burst into my room.
"A Pair of Patient Lovers" by William Dean Howells
In fact, the whole small city was in the throes of a great rejoicing.
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
In a final throe of madness, having hacked down the fatal tree, she thrusts the knife into her own breast.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
By a great throe I controlled myself.
"Continental Monthly, Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
With a vast throe of fear Locasto tried to free himself.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She went for the doctor, who found me in the throes of a nervous fit.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
It was fighting at close quarters, and San Antonio looked as if in the throes of a big riot.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
A throe of revolt and hatred shook her.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Maggie came to the sitting-room door a few moments later in the last throes of astonishment.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
With throbs and throes, and ah's and oh's.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Is it possible to avoid the throes of labor, and have children without suffering?
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Wetter was in the throes of excitement.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

And the earnest poet watching,
Saw the throes of the toiling earth,
Heard its voice and the mighty yearning,
And he knew what gave it birth.
"Give Me A Song, Thou Poet" by Alexander Anderson
I saw thee in thine anguish! tortured, prone,
Rent with the earth-throes, garmented in fire!
Each wound upon thy breast upon my own,
Sad city of my love and my desire.
"San Francisco" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
Yea, even so; for Nature glows
Because of her expiring throes,
As if around her tomb
Unmeet it were,--the look severe
That designates a common bier
Enwreathed in deepest gloom.
"Autumn-Time" by Hattie Howard
To love he lights the ode of vocal fire,
And yearns in song o’er freedom’s sacred throes,
Or pours a pious incense from his lyre,
Wherever o’er the grave a martyre-glory glows.
"Fragments from 'Genius Lost'" by Charles Harpur
Be still, be still, and know that he is God;
Be calm, be trustful; work, and watch, and pray,
Till from the throes of this last anguish rise
The light and gladness of that better day.
"Consolation" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Go ask of the drunkard, he'll tell you the throes
Of remorse that he feels in his breast;
Of his anguish, his sorrows, his pains and his woes,
Of the grief which his soul has possest.
"Exhortation To Be Temperate" by John Pierpont

In news:

What are the beginnings of the throes.
If New York City could be compared to Florence in the throes of the Renaissance then Robert Lazzarini could be from either world, a Renaissance maestro of yesteryear or a commercially successful artist of this year.
Some are in the throes of a severe drought, others threatened soon to be put on the list.
Last week I described an encounter with a woman on Philbin Beach in Aquinnah ("Bluefish's throes spark plea from beach passerby").
WHEN my mother-in-law was in the final, harrowing throes of pancreatic cancer, she had only one good day, and that was the day she smoked pot.
Are we in the throes of a major paradigm shift that will affect the way we spend for the next decade.
THE world is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis, and most mainstream economists and Washington policy makers didn't see it coming.
Gas prices inch higher during the last throes of summer.
In the Throes of Spring.
'In the Throes of Creation': Color Photos of New York from the 1940s.
Mr Mubarak's late concessions only further angered a public already in the throes of dissent.
Toys"R"Us may be in the throes of an intensely competitive holiday season but several recently announced initiatives are designed to position the company for success beyond Christmas 2012.
The world of retail is in the throes of the holiday shopping season, which means display cases are stocked full of celebrity fragrances .
Back in medieval times, 20-somethings had it hard because everyone was saying, "Hey, you are in the throes of your ripe middle age.".
Many consumers are still recovering from being in the throes of some very challenging economic times.

In science:

It suggests that stellar evolution processes and stellar deaths may serve as the cradle for the birth and/or rejuvenation of a new generation of planets, rather than just being the death throes or hostile hosts for pre-existing planets.
Second generation planets
It is not uncommon in the throes of analysis to overwrite the values of the base case inputs. Thus, it is important to store a copy of the base case input values in a safe place, along with a copy of the base case output values for reference.
A Primer on Spreadsheet Analytics