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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.

drastic times require drastic 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 drastic times require drastic measures.

*leap of faith

Fig. acceptance of an idea or conclusion largely on faith. (*Typically: be ~; make ~; require ~.) We had to make quite a leap of faith to accept his promise after the last time he let us down.
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require something from someone

to demand something from someone. The telephone company required a deposit from John and Martha before they would install a telephone. They required some help from us.
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require something of someone

to expect or demand someone to give or do something. I require absolute loyalty of my employees. What is required of me in this job?
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leap of faith

A belief or trust in something intangible or incapable of being proved. For example, It required a leap of faith to pursue this unusual step of transplanting an animals' heart into a human patient .
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leap of faith

The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
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Georgia -- In April, the governor signed into law a bill requiring people to prove citizenship to access public benefits.
Carpenter claimed that requiring EPA notification prior to all disturbances of paint over 2 s/f would be infeasible and would result in property owners deferring all maintenance until such time that they could take care of all their jobs at the same time to consolidate notification.
Several months later Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, directing the PCAOB to establish standards requiring audit firms to prepare audit documentation sufficiently detailed to support the conclusions reached in audits of their publicly held clients and to retain it for at least seven years.
This technology is particularly effective in high-performance applications requiring robust weather or moisture seals.
However, unlike combat operations, acquisition lacks a published commander's intent requiring program offices to apportion, collaborate, and synchronize.
A number of statutory changes and regulatory actions involved the provisions requiring a passthrough entity to withhold tax on nonresident owners.
An approach that manages both content and process enables executives to comply with Section 404 without requiring an exorbitant amount of time, cost, or risk to the individual or corporation.
Pillar 3 seeks to complement these activities with stronger market discipline by requiring banks to publicly disclose key information that enables market participants to assess an individual bank's risk profile and level of capitalization.
Requiring providers to inform patients of their privacy rights
New techniques may be needed to represent hardware and software configurations so that emulators can run programs requiring different components.
The appeal cites a provision in the law requiring the water-quality board to consider cost when imposing conditions.
The ongoing concern about this problem has led to new legislation and regulation requiring criminal background checks for certain individuals working with children.
This section suggests interesting ideas for restructuring one's business, including forming joint ventures or partnerships with MBEs and WBEs, and "not requiring bonds from and/or providing bonds and insurance for MBEs and WBEs," even (or especially) where one is required to provide bonds and/or insurance oneself.
As the first national safety and health law, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established standards requiring employers to provide their workers with workplaces free from recognized hazards that could cause serious injury or death.
Of course, lack of a State mandate to provide training in specific areas does not preclude individual agencies from requiring such training.