Sword of Damocles hanging over us - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
a/the sword of Damocles hangs over (one) (redirected from sword of Damocles hanging over us)
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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Stirling Women for Independence campaigner Alison Graham commented: "Brexit is like a sword of Damocles hanging over us
. Stirling voted 68 per cent to remain and it's important that people feel they are being listened to.
But the FA's commercial chief Phil Carling described it as a "sword of Damocles hanging over us".
It doesn't benefit the FA or the players to have a sword of Damocles hanging over us.