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desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable actions taken as a solution to a problem that cannot be resolved by ordinary means. With his job gone and debt mounting, John was forced to take desperate measures to keep his home.
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desperate times call for 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 call for desperate measures.

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.

desperate diseases must have desperate remedies

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.

Prov. If you have a seemingly insurmountable problem, you must do things you ordinarily would not do in order to solve it. Fred: All my employees have been surly and morose for months. How can I improve their morale? Alan: Why not give everyone a raise? Fred: That's a pretty extreme suggestion. Alan: Yes, but desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
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They are desperate for fairness and decent pay at work and an end to exploitation.
Paul, 29, of Leven, Fife, said: "They looked desperate, like they would do anything just to try and get on board or underneath your coach or lorry.
She isn't able to maintain her listed country cottage, and is desperate to sell up after her recent divorce.
These people then left the body and the newborn baby, I assume because they were so scared and desperate about what would happen to them.
No one would take out a loan at an annual interest rate of more than 4,000 per cent APR unless they were desperate.
Thankfully, programmes such as Desperate Housewives are a godsend.
THERE'S double trouble on Desperate Housewives as identical twins Porter and Parker Scarvo run into trouble with the law.
1 : very sad and worried and with little or no hope <People became desperate for food.
The elf's plea brings with it a stipulation that has John on a desperate time-limited search on New Year's night in this fast-paced thriller.
They were an "odd foursome," as author Dan Kurzman put it in his book No Greater Glory (Random House), with a difficult task--giving blessing, aid, and comfort in desperate circumstances.
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Then, after his grandfather's death, Mendelsohn discovered that the special wallet the old man had always carried contained desperate letters from Shmiel written to him in 1939 begging for help replacing a truck (he had the only truck permit issued to a Jew in Bolechow and would lose it if he couldn't replace the truck).
The Desperate Housewives have competition from the new women on the block.
Most people agree that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Americans by nature are generous, and the confluence of increased media coverage of the hapless plight of desperate victims of circumstance coupled with the deep pockets of the ever swelling ranks of baby boomers, will be the catalyst for the increase.