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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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Just like a Damocles sword that maintained the ban against the group, the parties' formation law increased the estrangement between the Authority and the movement.
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The Forest Act can indeed have a salutary effect on the vexed question of land rights which hangs like a Damocles sword over thousands of adivasi and forest dwelling families in Jharkhand.
Over everything looms the Damocles sword of the International Criminal Court should he be indicted.
ANHRI described Hisba as the "Damocles Sword on creativity and freedom of expression during the era of the regime that was overthrown by the Egyptian people."
However, it would be interesting to watch whether ITC commits ` 175 crore more to stay invested in EIH with a Damocles sword hanging over the latter.
He said that FATA which has been in trouble for the last so many years and terrorism has destroyed its peace has now come under the Damocles sword of the FATA Secretariat which deprived a large number of the teachers from their job and so many innocent youth of FATA rendered without schools.
Some private equity investors affectionately refer to their drag along rights as their "nuclear option." On the other hand, for many business owners, a drag along right represents a Damocles sword, a threat that they may be forced to sell their business if the investor decides to drag him or her along, usually at a valuation over which he or she has no control.
"The ongoing power struggle between the AKP government and its secularist opponents hangs like a Damocles sword over the negotiations.