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    damocles sword idiom

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    Damocles sword hangs over head. Can this idiom be used in common circumstances or it has to be used with concern of powerful people like kings or politicians or people with too much responsibilities ?

    "the Sword of Damocles" an allusion to imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

    This was the definition given in Wikipedia.

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    Re: damocles sword idiom

    Welcome to the forum, anjali.

    Quote Originally Posted by anjali6678 View Post
    Sir, Unnecessary, and disrespectful to our female teachers.
    Damocles sword hangs overhead. Can this idiom be used in common circumstances or it has to be used with concern of powerful people like kings or politicians or people with too much responsibilities?

    "the Sword of Damocles" an allusion to imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

    This was the definition given in Wikipedia.

    Thank you
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    K. Anjali Unnecessary. Just click 'Thank' when you get a useful answer.
    We can all be metaphorically threatened by the sword of Damocles. The Wikipedia article 'Damocles' points this out.

    The phrase has also come to be used in describing any situation infused with a sense of impending doom, especially when the peril is visible and close at hand—regardless of whether the victim is in a position of power.

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    Re: damocles sword idiom

    I always use my Sword of Damocles to cut through my Gordian Knots.

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    Re: damocles sword idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I always use my Sword of Damocles to cut through my Gordian Knots.
    Yes, I do that too!

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