1. plural noun [usu with poss] The death throes of something are its final stages, just before it fails completely or ends. [literary] ⇒ Their work is a despairing metaphor for a society in its death throes. ⇒ The dead tycoon's sons will remain in their plush offices overseeing the death throes of the family empire. 2. plural noun [oft in poss N] If a person or animal is in their death throes, they are dying and making violent, uncontrolled movements, usually because they are suffering great pain.
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