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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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Even the direst centre-forwards have a better shot-to-goal ratio than that, although you're unlikely to see Mr Smith backing them.
The good news is that it's still possible to restrict the increase to 2[degrees]C and so avert some of the direst consequences of climate change--but that would require more ambitious emissions targets to be set and achieved worldwide.
Summary: Ten years after the death of Yasser Arafat, and the situation for Palestinians is at its direst in years, and any hope of unity between different factions appears a mirage.
Except in the direst emergencies, one never leaves the enclosure.
Alas for him he may have sorted his berth out upstairs but in the temporal world he copped the direst penalty of all: revocation of his Newtown citizenship.
Sophisticated radar systems failed to help the plane in its direst moments, nor come up with definite destination points in the wake of its sudden disappearance.
The CAB has reported recently that between July and September last year they dealt with a 12 per cent increase in people seeking help with threats of homelessness on the previous year and they expect to distribute 100,000 food vouchers for those in the direst need.
Walker said this would have improperly "compromised" the federal effort "to rescue AIG from bankruptcy at the height of the direst financial crisis in modern times.
Pledges given have not been fulfilled and UNHCR appeals have raised a mere 50 percent of the amount required, forcing the agency to restrict their help to people in the direst of straits, leaving others to go hungry".
The front of the Islamic Maghreb today is in direst need of the support of the sons of Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, and Mauritania, to thwart the attack of Crusader France and defeat its agents in the region, and empower the Islamic project," AQIM said, according to a translation of the statement emailed by SITE.
Debate Over Death and Suffering in Syria; Rebel Unity Efforts In all probability, a conservative percent of Syrians living in the direst poverty has surpassed 50% or more than 11 million people.
But in direst circumstances, he has made a good fist of it.
Each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will," affirms Obama in one keynote address, which some of the characters take to heart and suffer the direst of consequences.
Each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will," says Obama in one keynote address, which some of the characters take to heart and suffer the direst of consequences.
De Villiers will be doing duty for the first Test against England in the direst of circumstances from the long-serving Mark Boucher.