be in the throes of

be in the throes of

To suffer from or struggle with something. I'm sorry I never called you back, I've been in the throes of illness for days. After being in the throes of decline for months, the economy is finally starting to recover.
See also: of, throe

be in the throes of something/doing something

to be experiencing a very difficult or unpleasant period The country is presently in the throes of the worst recession since the second world war. We're in the throes of moving house at the moment.
See also: of, throe