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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When he says that mob violence is part of 'birth pangs' he is not only indifferent to them but also justifies them as natural.
Perhaps, it may take another generation in Bangladesh to get over the birth pangs and torturous memories of the period of Liberation War, when they realize that the present generation of Pakistanis had nothing to do with the injustices done to the former East Pakistan province and it looks today at Bangladesh as an independent Muslim country of the region.
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 7.6 [+ or -] 0.7 l/min.
The truth is that the recent spate of events points to birth pangs as the region pursues higher levels of democratisation.
Eleven "Remember the Birth pangs of the New Middle East?
Washington, Sept 1 (ANI): Astronomers have collected enough high resolution images of stellar jets for over a 14-year period through the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to stitch together time-lapse movies of the birth pangs of new stars.
But one thing is clear: when the birth pangs is over, a new India will emerge - strong, united and confident - and again we will be able to say - I'm proud to be an Indian.
By that time the new marvel was television and it was going through the same birth pangs that cinema had gone through in the days of the Keystone Cops.
and Israeli interference." Somehow I doubt this 'new Middle East' is what then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice envisioned when she was having her infamous 'birth pangs' in 2006.
But going back to "creative chaos", an intriguing proposal first suggested by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice almost five years ago as a revolutionary end-game for a new Middle East, whose "birth pangs", as she later put it, where evident in Israel's brutal aggression on Lebanon in the summer of 2006!
That a vanguard of a new generation of passenger aircraft should encounter some delays and birth pangs is not unusual.
Bush's democratisation process looked still-born, far from being central to the birth pangs of a new Middle East.