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Damocles' sword

Any imminent, impending, or eventual trouble, danger, or disaster. 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. The threat of war has hung over the region like Damocles' sword for nearly a decade. The new tax law is going to be Damocles' sword hanging over our very business model.
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Since there will be no miracles anytime soon, given that the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and leading Lebanese politicians hang on Damascene necks like a Damocles sword, only good will and hard work by less tainted hands will make a difference.
With the Damocles sword of Ukraine and Georgia`s full Nato membership hanging right over his head and the rainbow noose of US-backed revolutions tightening round his neck and a Nato-endorsed `missile defense shield` tying his arms (if not aimed at him), the American press could perhaps pardon the Tsar`s Siberian chill.
"We cannot stay under this Damocles sword, which is starting to fall." He reiterated that each 10 cent rise in the euro compared to the dollar costs Airbus EU1 billion ($1.59 billion) as it builds aircraft in euro costs and sells them in dollars.
He said: "In the circumstances I was in, it hasn't been a question I could even dwell on or contemplate with the Damocles sword hanging over me.
"You're sitting with Damocles sword hanging over your head.
If the nukes are already pre-planted in American and European cities, then they will either be used at a time of Iran's own choosing or the nuclear Damocles Sword will be hanging over the heads of all nations, forcefully demanding obedience to their laws of Shari'a (Strict Islamic Laws) will prevail.
But with all tax incentives, there's always the Damocles sword of government intervention hanging over everybody," says German media lawyer Harro von Have.
This is the 'Damocles Sword' that hangs over the head of the accounting profession.
This is the Catch-22; a Damocles sword held over the heads of all the company's editorial staff members.
I have heard the same story from so many different sources now that a Damocles sword is hanging over the figures involved.
"Although the wording in this one is narrow, it holds real promise for all co-ops that have been suffering under the Damocles Sword of 277."
'I am very happy that the Comelec has finally decided on the cases which have served as a Damocles sword over my candidacy,' he said.
"I am very happy that the Comelec has finally decided on the cases which have served as a Damocles sword over my candidacy," Pimentel said in a text message to reporters Wednesday night.
Although, the government had given assurance to the court that it did not intend to change the terms and conditions of service applicable to the employees, counsels appearing for the petitioners had apprehended that the words 'till further order' would be hanging like Damocles sword over their head and in future at any time the government might change its mind.