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.
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England are in the throes of their review into a disastrous campaign which saw Stuart Lancaster's men become the first World Cup host nation ever to fail to reach the knockout stages.
McCarthy said: "We are in the throes of negotiating a contract with Lee.
MARYLAND Members of the Maryland State Teachers Association (MSTA) are in the throes of a campaign to improve teacher pensions.
She and Il Magnifico are in the throes of a torrid affair.
That's certainly true, and I suppose I should be happy that someone has finally proved that many of those parading fanatics, religious-minded prudes, and censorious busybodies are in the throes of repression and self-revulsion and are merely projecting onto me and those I love the thing they hate in themselves.
Jason Maxwell, ASP, and his IAHSP Dallas Chapter have selected the "Family Place" and the "Family Gateway" -- two organizations which provide family shelter and intensive programs to enable and empower families and individuals who are in the throes of homelessness and abusive situations.
The only danger can envision is that while you and the boyfriend are in the throes of passion, one or other of you might fall off and break something vital.