birth pangs

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a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth

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How quickly and efficiently the You Stink and other protest movements organize politically to challenge the entrenched power structure will largely determine whether they succeed in turning the historic but nascent and small phenomenon of the birth pangs of the Lebanese citizen into a national reality that reconfigures the power structure so that it treats all citizens with more efficiency, equity, and, above all, respect and dignity.
Washington, Sept 1 (ANI): Astronomers have collected enough high resolution images of stellar jets for over a 14-year period through the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to stitch together time-lapse movies of the birth pangs of new stars.
But one thing is clear: when the birth pangs is over, a new India will emerge - strong, united and confident - and again we will be able to say - I'm proud to be an Indian.
By that time the new marvel was television and it was going through the same birth pangs that cinema had gone through in the days of the Keystone Cops.
Bush's democratisation process looked still-born, far from being central to the birth pangs of a new Middle East.
Certainly not chaotic Italy, whose socialists were witnessing the birth pangs of Mussolini's fascism.
The Rainbow Nation was the christening bestowed by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, and yet, as Invictus shows, the nation was having its birth pangs.
West Side Story had particularly bad birth pangs, and The Producers, despite all the pizzazz, relied too much on the leading stars to carry it, and faltered when they left.
He said the current crisis was "the difficult birth pangs of a new global order" and said new measures had to be put in place to prevent a repeat in the future.
Everyone was braced for the Apocalypse they were sure would arrive in the year 1000 - but the chaos of the times did not herald the end of days - rather it was the birth pangs of the new world to come.
De Beer's 27-minute video starts off in key with fast-cut images of soldiers unloading and unpacking weapons, while a voiceover recounts the birth pangs of Bauhaus from "a flaming protest against materialism [that] was founded after the horror of war" (words taken from Oskar Schlemmer's 1923 Das Staatliche Bauhaus manifesto).
Still, the infant market has experienced birth pangs related to device maintenance and quality control, issues that manufacturers are addressing aggressively.
Is it an intimation of cosmic birth pangs of death throes?
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed the current mantra of the Bush Administration on July 21: What we are seeing is "the birth pangs of a new Middle East.