birth pangs


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birth pangs

pl.n.
1. The repetitive pains occurring in childbirth.
2. Difficulty or turmoil associated with a development or transition: the birth pangs of an emergent democracy.
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The analysis of character of the hemodynamic indices during labor, as a whole, in practically healthy women showed some gradual increase of CO with its maximum at the beginning of birth pangs with average figure as 7.
The Rainbow Nation was the christening bestowed by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, and yet, as Invictus shows, the nation was having its birth pangs.
Equally he situates these authors and texts within the material and intellectual contexts of their creation, thereby historicizing the relationship between imperial expansion and the birth pangs of science fiction as a literary genre.
West Side Story had particularly bad birth pangs, and The Producers, despite all the pizzazz, relied too much on the leading stars to carry it, and faltered when they left.
Fertility also involves negative aspects such as birth pangs and suffering on the part of the mother.
He said the current crisis was "the difficult birth pangs of a new global order" and said new measures had to be put in place to prevent a repeat in the future.
the birth pangs of equanimity under an onslaught of garbage.
Everyone was braced for the Apocalypse they were sure would arrive in the year 1000 - but the chaos of the times did not herald the end of days - rather it was the birth pangs of the new world to come.
De Beer's 27-minute video starts off in key with fast-cut images of soldiers unloading and unpacking weapons, while a voiceover recounts the birth pangs of Bauhaus from "a flaming protest against materialism [that] was founded after the horror of war" (words taken from Oskar Schlemmer's 1923 Das Staatliche Bauhaus manifesto).
The Birth Pangs of the Modern Income Tax" is a Treasury Department study from 1937.
Is it an intimation of cosmic birth pangs of death throes?