desperate measure


Also found in: Thesaurus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
I resolved on a desperate measure: to borrow fifteen roubles straight off from Anton Antonitch.
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. Angry and fierce glances were interchanged, and a murmur of disapprobation was uttered by the whole, in common.
"It may cause him to be more cautious, or it may drive him to desperate measures at once.
The Coalition Spokesman Colonel Turki Al Maliki, said that the repeated failed attacks are a desperate measure to raise the morale of "terrorist elements" in the face of "human losses in military operations."
Summary: Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan 26 (ANI): Fifty young people in Nagla Maya village in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district have, Eein a desperate measure, Eeproposed to auction themselves to raise money to provide for drinking water in their village.
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.
"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.
Add to that the possibility of gallstones, infections, hernias, bah loss, anemia, diarrhea, intestinal obstruction and nerve damage, and it becomes pretty obvious that this surgery is an absolutely last desperate measure!
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.