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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Speaking at an international conference on corruption, Mr Davies said: "As affordable credit dries up and working capital shrinks, there is a real fear that some businesses may choose to resort to desperate measures to stay afloat and win the orders they need to survive.
Significantly, many of the "chapters" in Desperate Measures are really "Verse Chronicles"--that is, short reviews arbitrarily grouped together, occasioned by books of contemporary verse.
But the harder they fight the problem, the worse it seems to get, sometimes driving them to such desperate measures as firing "irredeemable" writers.
church, arguing that one can hardly blame conservatives for taking desperate measures in desperate times.
cities, employers have even had to take desperate measures like actually raising wages to attract job applicants.
I realize my offer is unorthodox, but desperate times call for desperate measures," he added.
Plus, it's all kicking off in Emmerdale in an unmissable week of flashback episodes which reveal who shot Robert, while Cain is driven to desperate measures to protect Aaron.
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Report author Guy Miscampbell said: "Four weeks without any money is driving people to desperate measures including a reliance on food banks.
Steve and Becky prepare to leave, leading Jim below, to take desperate measures to come up with the cash.
Elsewhere on the square Bianca resorts to desperate measures to get her kids the Christmas they deserve, and the Slaters square up to the Butchers after Ryan's shock announcement.
Billy resorts to desperate measures to make ends meet, while Peggy and Pat continue to compete for Harvey's attention.
He clearly has no issues with taking desperate measures and we cannot be sure he won't strike again.
For a footballer who has the highest respect to do something like that and stoop to such a level shows the desperate measures France had to take.
Kerry D'Souza, a card fraud expert for the company, said: "The dramatic increase in card fraud shows no sign of abating, given the desperate measures some people will resort to during the recession.