in dire straits

in dire straits

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

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.
See also: dire, strait
References in classic literature ?
And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one, our opponents will be in dire straits.
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
And Jove answered, "To-morrow morning, Juno, if you choose to do so, you will see the son of Saturn destroying large numbers of the Argives, for fierce Hector shall not cease fighting till he has roused the son of Peleus when they are fighting in dire straits at their ships' sterns about the body of Patroclus.
However, he added that it is only one aspect of a much more severe crisis that is being faced by South Africa whose economy is indeed in dire straits.
Giving evidence the musician said: "I was trying to protect my finances as best I could on behalf of my son because I recognised I was in dire straits.
The core of The Straits is Alan, who was in Dire Straits from 1980 to 1992, guitarist Phil Palmer, who joined in 1991, and saxophonist Chris White who joined Dire Straits in 1985.
He says Allardyce, pictured, took over Newcastle when it was in dire straits, correct.
The victims are in dire straits: Medically in dire straits-- in terms of water and food in dire straits.
The troubled hospital, built in the aftermath of the Watts Riots to serve a largely ignored African-American population, has been in dire straits for years.
There is no doubt the sturgeon, an ancient fish that can live up to 100 years and weigh more than a ton, is in dire straits.
It is not the end of the club, but they are in dire straits financially.
In a commentary following the announcement, the Moscow newspaper Kommersant guessed that Ratmansky had been appointed to the job now "before any of the Western companies, who are in dire straits for talented directors, would snatch him up.
WE have the highest council tax in the country; very high taxes imposed by the government; schools in need of repair; care homes for the elderly closing through lack of funds; a health service in dire straits through lack of funding,as is our police force.
Sony, Warner and Universal are in dire straits," says Raul Vazquez, regional director in Latin America for the IFPI.
Readers are not given sufficient information about similarities and differences in transatlantic orientations toward Keynes or toward addressing the needs of working-class citizens in dire straits.