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1) A story of Greek legend, in which tyrant Dionysius II of Syracuse showed Damocles the dangers of being "fortunate" by allowing him to sit in his throne while a sword hung over him held only by a singe strand of hair.

2) An ever-present threat that can destroy one's good fortunes at any moment.
Is the Tea Party really that suicidal for the Sword of Damocles over their heads?
#greek #legend #sword #threat (noun) #anecdote
by Nunuv Yabizness July 31, 2011
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