be in dire straits

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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.
See also: dire, strait
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People who are in dire straits and who are helped by volunteers.
It is not the end of the club, but they are in dire straits financially.
It may be that (for) some people who are in dire straits, it may be a hardship, or it might not be for those running a scheme,'' Miller said.
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.
Sony, Warner and Universal are in dire straits," says Raul Vazquez, regional director in Latin America for the IFPI.
Nearly a quarter of African-Americans and almost a third of Hispanics are in dire straits if they get sick.
Shepherd wants to get on his hands and knees and bring back Big Al because instead of playing Dire Straits' Local Hero at the start of the game we are in dire straits.