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desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable actions taken as a solution to a problem that cannot be resolved by ordinary means. With his job gone and debt mounting, John was forced to take desperate measures to keep his home.
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desperate times call for desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

desperate times require desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but desperate times require desperate measures.

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Prov. If you have a seemingly insurmountable problem, you must do things you ordinarily would not do in order to solve it. Fred: All my employees have been surly and morose for months. How can I improve their morale? Alan: Why not give everyone a raise? Fred: That's a pretty extreme suggestion. Alan: Yes, but desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
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With wild cries and desperate energy she leaped to another and still another cake; stumbling--leaping--slipping-- springing upwards again
She admired Tom for his exterior, but the admiration of no moderately sensible woman could overlook rodomontade so exceedingly desperate.
That 'yes' has been my bane and antidote," answered Tom, rallying for a new and still more desperate charge.
The strength of my passion is such, that I became desperate, and was resolved to try any expedient that I thought might lead to success.
At school there had been two or three girls of more boldness than modesty whom some of the boys knew; and desperate stories, due in all probability to the masculine imagination, were told of intrigues with them; but Philip had always concealed under a lofty contempt the terror with which they filled him.
Whilst the two archers were keeping up a brisk fire upon the mob beneath them, Du Guesclin and his lady were consulting with Sir Nigel upon their desperate situation.
He is a desperate foolish fellow; and if he is guilty, came to the country for that very purpose.
This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.
She was vexed, too, that from all she could learn of this connection it was not that brilliant, graceful, worldly liaison which she would have welcomed, but a sort of Wertherish, desperate passion, so she was told, which might well lead him into imprudence.
As Sikes growled forth this imprecation, with the most desperate ferocity that his desperate nature was capable of, he rested the body of the wounded boy across his bended knee; and turned his head, for an instant, to look back at his pursuers.
Wounded desperate, miss,' replied Giles, with indescribable complacency.
Hope and Despair THEY flee persecution, poverty and war Desperate to reach a European shore With terror on their face and tears in their eyes Many will never see another sun rise Brought together through money and greed Each one hoping to succeed In open boats packed so tight Trying to escape their desperate plight Facing angry seas and heavy skies Willing to pay a heavy price So many their lives they sacrifice They don't know what lies ahead By the time help arrives, many are dead Those that make money from their despair Send those desperate souls to perish without a care Many nations help them survive But will they be welcomed when they arrive?
A SCOTS coach driver has told how his bus full of schoolkids was surrounded by desperate migrants looking to smuggle themselves across the Channel.
In fact, desperate times call for desperate measures.
EVERYONE knows how desperate this government is in their attempt to buy votes but now they are actually resorting to out and out bribery with their threat to cancel the contract for the building of the three naval vessels that are to be built on the River Clyde if Scotland vote yes for independence.