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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Employees working at the GKN plants have been given so-called assurances that their jobs will be secure for five years but these five years with will be like having the sword of Damocles hanging over you.
"The sentence has also been reduced because of your guilty plea but you must accept that you will now spend the next 18 months with the Sword of Damocles hanging over you."
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