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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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Ronnie Bennett Aubrey-Bray Countries in the EU like Italy, Greece and Spain are in dire straits financially.
People who are in dire straits and who are helped by volunteers."
They are in dire straits. Please, can anyone tell me who can help in this urgent situation before there is a fatality?
"The victims are in dire straits: Medically in dire straits-- in terms of water and food in dire straits.
If it all goes wrong, you are 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." Kommersant, however, is not convinced that the "sensitive" Ratmansky is the right man to be "administrative dictator," and asks why the theater did not hire him as resident choreographer only, instead of having him waste time and energy struggling with Bolshoi intrigues and bureaucracy.
Sony, Warner and Universal are in dire straits," says Raul Vazquez, regional director in Latin America for the IFPI.
IT IS not just farmers who are in dire straits due to foot and mouth - zoos, safari parks and animal sanctuaries are also suffering.
Nearly a quarter of African-Americans and almost a third of Hispanics are in dire straits if they get sick.