be in the throes of

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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
References in classic literature ?
So I was up and out of the town while as yet most of the inhabitants were in the throes of getting up.
The school struck with aggression We were in the throes of a lesson Armed people shouted and swore.