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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"We've got 150,000 employees in [councils], we can't just have the sword of Damocles hanging over them."
Hoovers have the sword of Damocles hanging over them because with the factory closed, they are under threat of having to find a new home.
'We are being asked to finance a game in the long-term with investment into improving stadiums and crowds, but every club in the Premiership has the sword of Damocles hanging over them; next year, we can be out.
Is it not an appalling state of affairs that here we are - the fourth largest developed economy in the world - and yet, our most vulnerable elderly people who currently reside in care homes have to live with the sword of Damocles hanging over them?
Is it not an appalling indictment of our society and government that here we are the fourth largest developed economy in the world, and yet, do most vulnerable elderly people who currently reside in care homes have to live with the sword of Damocles hanging over them?
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