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noun [singular] literary     sword of Damocles pronunciation in American English
/ˌsɔrd əv ˈdæməkliz/
  1. something that is always present as a danger or a threat to a person, place, or situation

    The nuclear sword of Damocles hangs over the region by a thread.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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