Definition of in the throes of in English:

in the throes of

phrase

  • In the middle of doing or dealing with something very difficult or painful.

    ‘a friend was in the throes of a divorce’
    • ‘And even when she was in the throes of chemotherapy Brigette wouldn't let her illness get the better of her.’
    • ‘The following lines may have been written in the throes of delirium, but this is how it sounded to me.’
    • ‘The Royal Bank was in the throes of negotiating a new lease for a planned 300,000 sq ft replacement building.’
    • ‘But if anyone has an excuse to be in the throes of depression it's Harwell.’
    • ‘They will become drug addicts in the throes of being involved in this industry.’
    • ‘Only in 1930-31 did it become apparent that the world was in the throes of a prolonged and deep depression.’
    • ‘I hear that our great Republic is in the throes of what is being called the Great Depression.’
    • ‘One minute we can be talking about something completely unrelated to the subject and the next we're fully in the throes of it all.’
    • ‘All was to be explained; Wellington was in the throes of a building boom.’
    • ‘Lost in the throes of passion, they keep scuttling onto the court.’
    • ‘Once more, the country is caught in the throes of yet another round of chaotic activity at the university.’
    • ‘He embraces his newfound friend in the throes of passion and turns to look at me, his eyes full of mirth.’
    • ‘But the evocation of a post-WWI society in the throes of great change is engrossing and entertaining.’
    • ‘The harshness of these practices would suggest that we are in the throes of an epidemic of school violence.’
    • ‘The country would appear to be in the throes of what criminologists might call mild moral panic.’
    • ‘A large man deep in the throes of late middle age appears in the living room.’
    • ‘About six years ago I holidayed at the Barrier at a place called Paradise Park, run by a couple in the throes of divorce.’
    • ‘Exports to the US, which was already in the throes of a slowdown, fell particularly sharply.’
    • ‘An apparently liberated professional woman is caught in the throes of a struggle for empowerment.’
    struggling with, wrestling with, grappling with, tackling, toiling at, toiling with, labouring at, slaving at, working at, working on
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