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.
See also: Damocles, hang, of, over, sword
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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.
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