sword of Damocles

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sword of Damocles a constant and imminent peril "the possibility hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles"
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Usage

In literature:

The revolution hangs imminent; we sit, at this council board, below the sword of Damocles.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Suspending the sword of Damocles over their heads, he left the room.
"Ursula" by Honore de Balzac
If the sword of Damocles were indeed suspended over their heads, it seemed only to heighten the merriment of their little repast.
"The Zeppelin's Passenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Have you ever heard of the sword of Damocles?
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
Away from me, ye banquets, over which hangs the sword of Damocles!
"An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete" by Emile Souvestre
For the first time, since the sword of Damocles had fallen, she was alone with her thoughts.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Will the sword of Damocles fall?
"Play-Making" by William Archer
Suddenly I sprang up from the bench, remembering that, at least, I could escape from Julian, if not from the sword of Damocles.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Damocles, the sword of, v, 184.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
I have the apprehension always hanging, like Damocles' sword, over my head, of her relinquishing her post.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
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In poetry:

"Very good, then," continued the lord;
"When it's fooled to the top of its bent,
With a sweep of a Damocles sword
The web of intention is rent.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
You are dark
Except scorch-pale-breasted;
And dark cleaves down and weapon-hard downward curving
At your scorched breast,
Like a sword of Damocles,
Beaked eagle.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Doctor says law 'like sword of Damocles '.
Let's hope Sword of Damocles hangs heavy over congressional 'super committee'.
Interns at the Courtauld Institute working on the "Sword of Damocles".
While the fiscal-cliff tax hike still hangs like the recessionary sword of Damocles over the economy, the economic stats for the month of July do not show it.
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