desperate times call for desperate measures


Also found in: Acronyms.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Desperate times call for desperate measures in episode eight, "The Guilty Girl's Handbook.
But for Mitt Romney, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and this was Britain's last throe to keep France fighting Germany.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and when your life is unravelling before your very eyes, it's often difficult to find a way out.
And as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Undoubtedly desperate times call for desperate measures, but one can't help but wonder where it will all end.
It may mean parking the team coach in front of the goals, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Swede might argue desperate times call for desperate measures.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures and in the picturesque village of Kinver that means just one thing - prickly bushes.
Fans are hungry for spoilers and desperate times call for desperate measures.
Desperate times call for desperate measures therefore the QPR game is a win at all costs (and by any means) fair or foul battle, of that there can be no doubt.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and mum Lucy and dad Steve are determined to turn their lives around and adhere to the strict guidelines Jo has laid out for them, Charlie and their older children Billy and Caitlin.
But desperate times call for desperate measures, and it was with much caution that I tentatively suggested seeing what we could find.
I realize desperate times call for desperate measures.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures, but Sander Westerveld came as a surprise to most Evertonians.