A spasm or pang of pain.
The throes of childbirth, death throes.
Webster's New World
A condition of extreme difficulty or trouble.
A country in the throes of economic collapse.
A hard struggle.
To put in agony.
(intransitive) To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
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Origin of Throe
Middle English throwe, thrawe partly from Old English thrāwu variant of thrēa chastisement, affliction, pang and probably also partly from Old English thōwian to suffer and partly from Old Norse thrā hard struggle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English þrÄ“a, thrawu (“threat").
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