sword of Damocles hangs over (one)

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sword of Damocles hangs over (one)

One is faced with imminent danger or trouble. In Greek mythology, the courtier Damocles was forced to sit beneath a sword suspended by a single hair to emphasize the instability of a king's fortunes. I know his history of violent behavior, so I feel like a sword of Damocles is hanging over me whenever I'm alone with him. With the threat of nuclear war, many feel that the sword of Damocles hangs over the entire world.
See also: Damocles, hang, of, over, sword
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For a long time we had a sword of Damocles hanging over us.
It doesn't benefit the FA or the players to have a sword of Damocles hanging over us.
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