desperate measure


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Noun1.desperate measure - desperate actions taken as a means to an end; "he had to resort to desperate measures"
means, way, agency - how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
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The action of the squatter was too sudden and unexpected to admit of prevention, but the instant it was done, his sons manifested, in an unequivocal manner, the temper with which they witnessed the desperate measure.
It may cause him to be more cautious, or it may drive him to desperate measures at once.
As a desperate measure to have their sons released some called for the abduction of Israeli soldiers.
The desperate measure of the title is running away when other options seem intolerable.
And the government's decision to make 81 big companies submit their VAT returns every month, instead of every three as has been the practice, is a desperate measure aimed at easing the desperate state of public finances.
This is a desperate measure by the president to interrupt the ongoing peace talks between the TFG [Transitional Federal Government] and the opposition," he said.
In one last desperate measure, the pope goes on television to show why the church must survive.
When the goods delivered to the loading dock aren't what customers are shopping for, stores must resort to the desperate measure of price markdowns.
SIS's bleating in the press recently regarding commitment to racing and bookmakers can only be described as a desperate measure to retain its contract.
But it seems to me that hitting people on below average income isn't a desperate measure - more of a nasty one.
Goodson, who was raised in Illinois, said she looks back with appreciation on Operation Baby Lift, calling it ``a desperate measure to save a bunch of lives.
Because they have completely failed to get to grips with climate change I think they are looking at desperate measures now and this would be a desperate measure.