Humanities › English Commonly Confused Words: Throes and Throws Share Flipboard Email Print Steve Bronstein/Getty Images English English Grammar An Introduction to Punctuation Writing By Richard Nordquist English and Rhetoric Professor Ph.D., Rhetoric and English, University of Georgia M.A., Modern English and American Literature, University of Leicester B.A., English, State University of New York Dr. Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. our editorial process Richard Nordquist Updated February 07, 2019 The words throes and throws are homophones: They sound alike but have different meanings. The plural noun throes means a great struggle or a condition of agonizing pain or trouble. The idiom in the throes of means in the midst of some painful or difficult experience.Throws is the third-person present singular form of the verb throw--to toss, hurl, or discharge. Examples "They simulated agonized death throes, rolling around on the ground, twisting their bodies into grotesque shapes and making hideous faces." (Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth)In the late 1970s, Uganda was in the throes of economic collapse, and there were long lines in Kampala for even the most basic goods.A young lady appears at the window and throws kisses to the crowd.A sacrifice bunt should be attempted only when the pitcher throws a strike. Practice: My four-year-old son whines and _____ a fit every time we try to take him to the playground.The country was in the _____ of revolution, and the king was compelled to abdicate.Gertrude _____ flowers into Ophelia's grave, saying, "Sweets to the sweet. Farewell."If you are in the _____ of a hurricane, steer for the calm spot. Answers My four-year-old son whines and throws a fit every time we try to take him to the playground.The country was in the throes of revolution, and the king was compelled to abdicate.Gertrude throws flowers into Ophelia's grave, saying, "Sweets to the sweet. Farewell."If you are in the throes of a hurricane, steer for the calm spot.