desperate measures


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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.
See also: desperate, measure
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I mean, the HSE has so much staffing, they have an enormous amount at management level, it just beggars belief that those working in the offices then have to resort to such desperate measures as to have to search high and low for spare rubber bands.
Kaashh revolves around a few youngsters and their desperate measures to overcome financial crisis.
We came to desperate measures in Sydney and I chanced a beer," he said.
Ruby thinks she's losing Sinead, so resorts to desperate measures to keep in her good books and Darren makes a last attempt to save Mobs.
Meanwhile, Ruby worries that she's losing Sinead, and so resorts to desperate measures to keep in her friend's good books.
Although Assad's hold on power is firm, the 46-year-old is taking increasingly desperate measures to maintain his grip on the cou-ntry of 22 million people at the heart of the Arab world.
Joe takes desperate measures to raise cash, even stealing from a charity which gets him fired, but he's still beaten up by Rick.
DESPERATE situations call for desperate measures, it is said.
John Davies, head of business at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, saids mall and medium-sized companies in particular could turn to desperate measures as times get tough.
Showing that desperate times indeed do call for desperate measures, opponents of a state role in school funding enlist the son and widow of the late governor to channel his spirit in support of their efforts.
But ``Tzameti'' plays more like an impeccably stylized version of ``Hostel,'' a hollow gimmick masquerading as an inquiry into the desperate measures that desperate men will undertake.
Most people agree that desperate times call for desperate measures.
To use Dick Cheney's words more accurately than he does, such desperate measures signal the "last throes" of a fringe movement that will resist equality to its last breath.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and by being proactive, Cassie gets her seat changed to be next to Kevin in English, where the two are assigned to write a one-act play together.