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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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He, while addressing the inaugural session of the Summit of All Pakistan Women Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said that when the sword of Damocles hangs over the democratic system, its effects were not only seen on the parliament but became visible all over the country.
The sword of Damocles hangs over the head of the Ombudsman, as well,' he added.
THE Sword of Damocles hangs over the government as states mount pressure on the human resource development ( HRD) ministry to extend the deadline to meet standards under the Right to Education ( RTE) Act.
Mr Simpson added, "The sword of Damocles hangs over every worker with a pension.
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