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be in dire straits

To be in a very bleak or grim situation. All of those recent layoffs indicate that the company is in dire straits. I was in dire straits there for awhile, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in dire straits

Fig. in a very serious, bad circumstance. We are nearly broke and need money for medicine. We are in dire straits.
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in dire straits

in extreme danger or difficulty Officials in Washington say the peace process is in dire straits.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the forms dire economic straits or dire financial straits: He's been out of work for eight months, and his family is in dire financial straits.
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be in dire straits

to be in a very difficult or dangerous situation The earthquake and the war will leave the country in dire straits for a long time. They are in dire financial straits.
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Now, the hunter becomes the hunted as France direly needs a victory in their next match for them to have a better chance to advance into the next round.
In a statement joint issued on Friday, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Mohammad Arshad and Senior Vice President Almas Hyder said that regional trade was another neglected area where due attention was direly needed.
In coordination with Great Britain, India and other partners, our security assistance will provide direly needed small arms, equipment and training to enable the Royal Napal Army to counter the Maoist military threat.
From the viewpoint of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the tripartite agreement could indicate they had got his desperate message -- that he needs dialogue more direly than ever before for the survival of his regime and the recovery of his country's tattered economy.
The law enforcement community direly needed some form of defensive protection against what was rapidly becoming a losing battle against assaults committed with firearms.
The courts, which are independent, fair, and just dispute resolution forums, are direly needed to provide this natural check on, and complement to, enforcement efforts of administrative agencies such as the PUCT.
LAHORE -- Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday said that at least 300 basis point cut in policy rate is direly needed to jumpstart the trade and economic activities in the country, since the existing 9.
The people of Parwan and Kapisa said there were thousands of families in Afghanistan who direly needed aid in terms of edible and non-edible items.
Ensour said unity and accord are direly needed at the current critical stage in the history of the Palestinian cause, urging Palestinian factions to adhere to a reconciliation agreement signed a fortnight ago.
5 million were direly needed to ensure provision of medical instruments in cardiology department.
Coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in the earlier part of 2013, Donaire direly needs to come up with a victory against big name fighter for him to re-energise his boxing career.
On transportation, Rifai said this is a key sector, which plays a crucial role in developing trade and tourism exchange, adding it is direly needed to step up cooperation in land, air and maritime transport fields.
They must do so while they can still hope for a reward such as international aid for economic development, not to mention a direly needed security guarantee.
An elementary school in the Golden Valley Ranch development is direly needed to get our schools back on track for lowering school size enrollments, achieving a common school calendar for all sites, and providing excellence in education.
MULTAN -- Mohammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan suggested that South Punjab direly needed single comprehensive university of agriculture instead of sub campuses in different cities.