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Damocles

(dăm`əklēz), in classical mythology, courtier at the court of Dionysius I. He so persistently praised the power and happiness of Dionysius that the tyrant, in order to show the precariousness of rank and power, gave a banquet and had a sword suspended above the head of Damocles by a single hair. Hence the expression "the sword of Damocles" to mean an ever-present peril.

Damocles

((5335) Damocles) An interplanetary object resembling an asteroid with an unusually elliptical orbit that carries it from 22 to 1.6 AU from the Sun. It was discovered in 1991 and is now believed to be the archetype of the Damocloids (see Damocloid).

Damocles

for his sycophancy to Dionysus, seated under sword at banquet. [Gk. Myth.: LLEI, I: 278]

Damocles,

sword of sword hung by a single hair over his head. [Rom. Lit.: Brewer Handbook, 257]
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Now all these outstanding matters can be addressed in an atmosphere of positive goodwill, without any feeling that the sword of Damacles is hanging over the city if it dares to admit and face up to any deficiencies.
But despite the obstacles, shows continue to be churned out at Pyramid/Prodigy: the turn-of-the-century family drama Beaver Creek (just think of an overly earnest CBC series) and the cash-cow action/adventure series Sword of Damacles (yes, one of those many rip-offs of Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules or Sinbad).
There is no sword of Damacles hanging over anybody but I am interested in these next two games to see what sort of response we get.
He said: "We are not holding the sword of Damacles over Dr Reid's head at the moment in relation to industrial action.