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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.
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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).
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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]
See: Sword
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"Damoclean" is a reference to a figure in Greek mythology.
By quantifying and identifying sources of settlement water for the Community, all central Arizona water users can plan for future growth without a Damoclean sword hanging over their heads.
(314) For across-the-board classes, however, the mere allegation that "the 'Damoclean threat of a racially discriminatory policy'" hung over everyone's head sufficed, no matter how different the circumstances of an applicant refused a job versus an employee denied a promotion.
Some double killings, a dismurdering; a Damoclean sword of mythmaking
It is important that there is a debate on the practice within religious communities and also within society, but this debate must not take place under the Damoclean sword of prosecution."
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Damoclean sword was lifted on 13 July 1928 through a general amnesty.
These, and perhaps other Damoclean crises yet to fall on the American and world economy, will have to be played out before any final verdict on Ben Bernanke will be possible.
(3) At orientation, these new students are typically greeted with some version of the following Damoclean admonition: "Look to your right and look to your left; one of the three of you will not be here next year." First-year law students, like enlisted soldiers entering boot camp, dutifully report to their classrooms prepared to "put aside their personal life and health and accept persistent discomfort, angst, isolation, even depression as the cost of becoming a lawyer." (4) Welcome to the legal profession.
(155) Despite Professor Strandburg's fear that cumulative innovation suffers the Damoclean threat of patentees' "stranglehold" over follow-on innovation, there seems little need for such congressional action in the realm of experimental use.
The cuneiform shadows of their gables (cast by blade-like roof ridges, whose angles have been sharpened, as on a whetstone, by the "stone-coloured light") recall both the shapes of arrowheads and Damoclean wedges, ready to prise apart the couples in death.