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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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SINGAPORE, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GAO Capital ("GAO") announces strategic alliance with Straits Financial Group ("Straits") to collaborate on GAO Funds, a multi-strategy fund platform expected to launch September 1, 2015.
Backed by Iran, Huthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea.
He said the coming-together of the two sides will establish a new channel for cross-Strait communication, as in the past, talks between the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and Taiwan counterpart the Straits Exchange Foundation, two non-official organizations, were the the only mode of contact and negotiation.
Members of iconic rock band Dire Straits are back and vowing to take their music to new heights in this new incarnation.
They had been presented with the opportunity to play at a charity show at the Royal Albert Hall and as Alan had recently 'discovered' Terence Reis and heard him performing some Dire Straits songs, it seemed the logical thing to do would be to form a band around him.
17, 2012 (CENS) -- Lin Join-sane, the newly appointed chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organization representing the government to handle cross-strait affairs, led a delegation to Beijing yesterday, kicking off his first visit to China.
Spokesman Asim Jihad told Aswat al-Iraq that "Iraq excluded closing Hormuz Straits due to its international importance, not only for world trade, but as an important passage for oil production in the region".
Xiamen (China), June 17 (Xinhua-ANI): China's top political advisor on Sunday addressed the fourth Straits Forum with a call for maintaining the good momentum of people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
Iran is bound by a 1958 convention which provides for "innocent passage" of vessels in international straits.
January 21, 2012 (TUR) -- The number of ships using straits in Turkey is decreasing.
THE STRAITS, NEWCASTLE CITY HALL With lead singer and frontline member Mark Knopfler missing from the line-up of Dire Straits, I had doubts as to whether new band, The Straits, would recreate the original group's former glory.
ROCK band Dire Straits have announced tour dates that will see them play in Newcastle.
Chen Yunlin's Taiwanese counterpart, Chiang Pin-kung of the semiofficial Straits Exchange Foundation, used ''peaceful cross-strait development'' once, fleetingly, in his welcome speech on arrival at the Chongqing hotel where the negotiations took place.
The Turkish Straits System (TSS), consisting of the Marmara Sea, the Strait of Istanbul (Bosporus) and the Strait of Canakkale (Dardanelles), are very complicated and narrow waterways connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea (see Fig.
It is the traditional costume of Straits Chinese ladies and other Peranakan women from Indonesia and Thailand.