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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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In your desperateness, you miss a point: Not every kiss between men--or even every sex act between men--announces gayness.
Although in certain cases the use of soxeax may serve the pragmatic function of downplaying the seriousness or desperateness of the subject's interest in the conversation, this does not suggest that soxeax IN GENERAL conveys the idea of lack of seriousness.
Desperateness at the prospects of limitations of, or no, choices and miscalculation based on stubbornness can lead to adventurous decisions.
Such deprivation serves to shape what John Fletcher terms Beckett's artful achievement of "distill[ing] in words" an "experience, or a vision, of the misery and of the desperateness of life.
Cartoon #7 communicates the sense of desperateness of those collecting relief at the time, laying the accent on the relegation of relief's cruel paucity, It is reflective of the popular CPC slogan 'Tight or Starve" that often punctuated the pages of the Worker as the analogic "big hand" of government is finely outfitted in a suit and cufflinks as opposed to the thin.
The desperateness of the attempt is reflected in the sounds of the line, as "success" seems virtually to leap out before "surcease" has died away - as Macbeth tries to make "surcease be success.
He expressed concern over the Zionist regime's "evil acts" against the region's security, and said, "Such desperate moves are not a sign of power and might but they show the regime's desperateness and confusion in dealing with the regional developments.
I have had countertransferences of helplessness, a sense of failure, desperateness, lostness, and disconnection which tell me of his feeling state.
I don't think he feels a desperateness of having to use all the time he's on the floor to exert that kind of pressure on the defense, because he can trust his teammates.
He stressed the Saudi regime's desperateness in confronting popular protests, and said, "I believe that if massive rallies are held across Saudi Arabia for 10 days, the ruling regime will collapse.
Hardan, for his part, said that Israel's recent attack against Syria is an evidence of the enemies' desperateness and hopelessness amid Iran's strong support for Syria and the brave resistance of President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people against their plots.
Addressing a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the martyrdom of the Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, in the country's Western city of Abdanan, Abbasi said the assassination of Iran's nuclear scientists shows the weakness and desperateness of the enemies of Iran's Islamic Revolution.