a/the sword of Damocles hangs over (one)

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a/the 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 how irritable and unpredictable the boss can be, so I feel like the sword of Damocles hangs over me whenever I'm alone with him. With the threat of nuclear war, many feel that a sword of Damocles is hanging over the entire world.
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'The learned chairman of the CCT is a tainted arbiter by reason of a criminal charge at the instance of EFCC for receiving money bribe in the sum of N10m in charge No: CR/109/18 in FCT High Court by an organ under the supervision of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, incidentally the prosecutor and complainant in this matter, such that with such sword of Damocles hanging over him, and himself not likely to be a fair arbiter, but instead more likely to trade in the charges against him in quasi plea bargaining in the charge against him and enter summary conviction in this proceedings to please the prosecutor', he said.
Jol will probably leave White Hart Lane unless he gets Spurs into the Champions League - which means for the rest of the season he is working with the Sword Of Damocles hanging over him.
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