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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I have got through by the back door, but I am there and it is the first decent thing that has happened for a while," said Montgomerie, who is in the throes of a divorce.
If someone is in the throes of a drug overdose, the application of the TASER will not stop or exacerbate the ongoing chemical reactions that will lead to the eventual death of the subject.
Now focused almost entirely on financing, Crown is in the throes of evaluation and working toward a decision.