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throe

throe

 
pronunciation:
thro
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a deep, wrenching pain or sudden spasm, as in death or childbirth.
The throes of a heart attack made him clutch his chest in agony.
definition 2: (usu. pl.) any convulsive or anguished struggle, or great exertion.
The soldiers were in the throes of combat when reinforcements arrived.Sorry about the mess; we're in the throes of moving to a new house.