If someone is experiencing something very unpleasant or emotionally painful, you can say that they are in the throes of it, especially when it is in its final stages.
①The northerners stumbled away from the animal's death throes .
②But I was aware that my death throes had begun.
《经济学人》一篇关于死刑是否应该被废止的文章 Final throes 也出现了这个表达：
in the throes of 正忙于…;处于…困境之中【If you are in the throes of doing or experiencing something, especially something difficult, you are busy doing it or are deeply involved in it.】
The country is in the throes of a general election.
Despite being in the throes of school exams, Tamsin made the long trek from Liverpool.
同时，关于“很忙”，我们之前在 还拓展过一个短语：in the thick of 表示“忙得不可开交”【If you are in the thick of an activity or situation, you are very involved in it.】
He was in the thick of preparing the food for the party, so I didn’t interrupt.
A spate of things, especially unpleasant things, is a large number of them that happen or appear within a short period of time.
①Doctors have suffered a loss of prestige following a spate of scandals.
②At least thirty people have been killed in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan.
短语 in spate 表示 (河水)猛涨，泛滥【When a river is in spate it contains a lot more water than usual and is flowing very fast.】**
The Thames was in spate , with flocks of Canada geese speeding downriver.
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