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a/the sword of Damocles

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha/the sword of Damoclesa/the sword of DamoclesliteraryKILL a bad thing that might happen at any time The treaty hung like a sword of Damocles over French politics. sword
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a/the sword of DamoclesIndeed, a winged dagger was the S.A.S. badge, originally conceived, it is said, as the sword of Damocles.It's been hanging over my head like the sword of Damocles.
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