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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 a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in dire straits

In a very bleak or grim situation. The recent nosedive in the stock market has left many companies in dire straits. I was in dire straits there for a while, 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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This is the eighth time that a Saudi warship is sent deep into the waters of Bab al-Mandab Strait by the Yemeni forces.
State Department said that the United States welcomes the Xi-Ma meeting as Washington "has a deep and abiding interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
SANAA - As they advance south, Yemen's Iran-linked Huthi militiamen are moving within striking distance of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, a vital corridor through which much of the world's maritime trade passes.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda and Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia s First Peoples, Kirstie Parker, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were amongst the sickest and poorest and, therefore, most vulnerable Australians.
Achieving equity in education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students continues to be a key focus for educators across the country.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are more than three times as likely as non-Indigenous adults to have diabetes, and they experience it at much younger ages, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
Navy's encounter with five small Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz on January 6 resulted in widespread media coverage and aggressive posturing from the Bush administration, a much more serious naval encounter in November in the Taiwan Strait passed unremarked, both by the administration and by the press.
Humble as always, Strait had this to say about his latest coup: "First of all, it's hard to believe it has been 25 years.
The Menai Strait has a wide variety of habitat types and is home to over 1,400 recorded species of plants and animals.
We view these exchanges favorably and have urged Chinese on both sides of the Strait to realize the greater potential that exists for increasing contact and integration, in keeping with global trends.
What Aegis found out about the Malacca Strait is that pirate activity dropped off quite a bit immediately after the Dec.
Abstract: Turtle-shell masks are distinctive Tortes Strait Islander objects that were used during ritual performances, and carefully curated, during ethnographic times.
A lot of hard work, a handful of sea excursions, and a few close calls later, he and his comrades thrust their newest and most improved bamboo raft, dubbed Nale Tasih 4, into the Lombok Strait.
In ``The Ballad of Bering Strait,'' director Nina Gilden Seavey started following the Russian country band Bering Strait in 1999.
If true, one day you might spy the beast while zipping across the Messina Strait Bridge.