sword of Damocles

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Synonyms for sword of Damocles

one regarded as an imminent danger


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a constant and imminent peril

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The sword of Damocles is an expression referring to the imminent and ever-present threat faced by those in positions of power.
We can live with the fact that most of what was Greek is now possessed by Turkey but we cannot accept the sword of Damocles in the hands of the settlers to be hanging over us with their lifetime guarantor power to divide us again, this time forever, by using direct or devious means, along with convincing a gullible world that Greeks cannot be trusted even when not bearing gifts.
The recent report from civil servant Sir Bob Kerslake was very damning, and currently the threat of a possible breaking up is being held over Birmingham City Council like a Sword of Damocles, waiting to slice down should changes not be made.
It's been hanging over them like the sword of Damocles ever since, and Mackay even had to issue a grovelling sword of Damocles since, and Follow Andy Gilpin Twitter @gilpin_or email sportsdesk@ even had to issue a dailypost.
The biggest sword of Damocles over European equities is the risk of Russian military intervention in Ukraine to save the rebels of the self-styled ethnic Russian Donetsk People's Republic.
This is not something that we want but these are people g g they we who have got a Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads - they do not know where they are going to be a couple of weeks hence.
It would be like living under the Sword of Damocles.
In addition to the green light from the REGI committee, another sword of Damocles is hanging over this compromise and the agreement on the multiannual financial framework (MFF) in general: the budget for the European Social Fund.
The sentence has also been reduced because of your guilty plea but you must accept that you will now spend the next 18 months with the Sword of Damocles hanging over you.
One is exemplified by the legend of the sword of Damocles.
They have the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.
THE threat of administration - and subsequent points deductions - hangs over League Two clubs like the sword of Damocles so punters are advised to tread carefully when betting on relegation.
Both are hanging over the industry's fortunes like the sword of Damocles," he said.
No-one likes to feel that the sword of Damocles is hanging over them.
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