a sword of Damocles hangs over (one's) head

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a sword of Damocles hangs over (one's) head

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 his history of violent behavior, so I feel like a sword of Damocles hangs over my head whenever I'm alone with him. With the threat of nuclear war, many feel that a sword of Damocles hangs over the world's head.
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The inescapable conclusion is that the Office of the Ombudsman took its own sweet time to terminate the preliminary investigation and lodge the Information in court, unmindful of the fact that in the interim, accused had to endure the agony of an uncertain future, akin to having the potential sword of Damocles hanging over their heads,' read Degamo's motion.
This is not something that we want but these are people g g they we who have got a Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads - they do not know where they are going to be a couple of weeks hence.
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