dire straits

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Noun1.dire straits - a state of extreme distress
straits, strait, pass - a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
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And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one, our opponents will be in dire straits.
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
And Jove answered, "To-morrow morning, Juno, if you choose to do so, you will see the son of Saturn destroying large numbers of the Argives, for fierce Hector shall not cease fighting till he has roused the son of Peleus when they are fighting in dire straits at their ships' sterns about the body of Patroclus.
To be fair, that tells you as much about the sound of the record as any review could - the patented Big Easy sound is present and correct - but if anything, Sermon on the Rocks reminds me more of Dire Straits.
The ace guitarist and former Dire Straits frontman is at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena to promote his latest solo release, Tracker.
THE bass guitarist from chart-topping band Dire Straits is heading to Wales this autumn.
However, he added that it is only one aspect of a much more severe crisis that is being faced by South Africa whose economy is indeed in dire straits.
Another mesmerising show of indifference that demonstrates what dire straits the music industry is in.
Members of iconic rock band Dire Straits are back and vowing to take their music to new heights in this new incarnation.
Dire Straits' sax player Chris White and ex Dire Straits keyboard player and producer Alan Clark were having breakfast beside a pool one beautiful, sunny morning when Alan declared they were going to form The Straits.
Giving evidence the musician said: "I was trying to protect my finances as best I could on behalf of my son because I recognised I was in dire straits.
THE former Dire Straits front man has grouped together an amazing line-up of musicians for his current tour, which is in support of his latest album, Privateering.