desperate straits

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Noun1.desperate straits - a state of extreme distress
straits, strait, pass - a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
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Soldiers when in desperate straits lose the sense of fear.
Place your army in deadly peril, and it will survive; plunge it into desperate straits, and it will come off in safety.
Panic seized him and, putting aside his pride, he wrote again to the Vicar of Blackstable, placing the case before him more urgently; but perhaps he did not explain himself properly and his uncle did not realise in what desperate straits he was, for he answered that he could not change his mind; Philip was twenty-five and really ought to be earning his living.
All public utterances were cheery and optimistic, but privately many of the utters were in desperate straits. The scenes enacted in the privacy of Daylight's office, and of the meetings of his boards of directors, would have given the lie to the editorials in his newspapers; as, for instance, when he addressed the big stockholders in the Sierra and Salvador Power Company, the United Water Company, and the several other stock companies:--
Finishing my man with almost no effort, as had now from much practice become habitual with me, I hastened to return to my new acquaintance whom I found indeed in desperate straits.
I am, I know, either being deceived, like a baby, by my own fears, or else I am in desperate straits, and if the latter be so, I need, and shall need, all my brains to get through.
"Worse than that though, many of them were previously audited by Ofgem and given a clean bill of health...The UK Government must halt these repayment orders and take responsibility for the maladministration that has left householders in desperate straits."
The week in Venezuela ended much as it began: in stalemate, with Nicolas Maduro still in power, Juan Guaido still attempting to topple him and the nation's people in increasingly desperate straits. The best way out of the mess is for Maduro to step down from the presidency, which he retained through a 2018 reelection widely dismissed as fraudulent.
But he is in desperate straits domestically, and only too happy to collaborate with the worst international entities, including several Gulf states, as long as their anti-Semitism remains semi-concealed.
The defeat was hardly surprising, although Villa should have recorded a more conclusive win over a club in such desperate straits.
Two people in desperate straits save each other in the latest historical by Grace Burrowes, My One and Only Duke (Forever, $7.99, 368 pages, ISBN 9781538728956).
Like the kid who stretched his hand out to me in the city, Ronnie was also a child anxious about life, eager to succeed, but in desperate straits.