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Sword of Damocles   /sɔrd əv dˈæməklˌiz/   Listen
Sword of Damocles

A constant and imminent peril.

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"Sword of Damocles" Quotes from Famous Books

... of it a terrible anguish, a nameless despair, seized her. She felt that the spinning-wheel hung over her like the sword of Damocles, ready at the least occasion to fall upon her, and bind her to it. She felt that she could not endure such suspense and torture; she must escape; she must rescue ...
— Old Fritz and the New Era • Louise Muhlbach

... which the Governorof Winchester Castle had carried three days in his pocket, were carted back to the Tower, where, not pardoned, their sentences not commuted, but simply deferred, they were tortured with a living death hanging over them, like the sword of Damocles ...
— Thomas Hariot • Henry Stevens

... Hungarian refugees determined to send Count T—— to Hungary, that he might assume the direction of affairs there. But as he was still an outlaw, and as the death sentence of Arab hung over his head like the sword of Damocles, he consulted with Wanda about the ways and means of reaching his fatherland unharmed and of remaining there undiscovered. Although that clever woman thought of a plan immediately, yet she told Count T—— that she would think ...
— The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8) • Guy de Maupassant

... told of some living sorrow, worse than death; there were some whose stealthy, shrinking gait and watchful, suspicious glance bespoke some crime, unknown to their fellows, but which to themselves seemed ever present, suspended, like the sword of Damocles, above their heads. ...
— The Award of Justice - Told in the Rockies • A. Maynard Barbour

Words linked to "Sword of Damocles" :   hazard, endangerment, risk, peril, jeopardy

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