desperate times call for desperate measures


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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.
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I realize my offer is unorthodox, but desperate times call for desperate measures," he added.
Indeed desperate times call for desperate measures.
EASTENDERS BBC1, 8pm DESPERATE times call for desperate measures, and Denise, right, goes to the JobCentre to sign on.
They've even been using Blue Ivy during these appearances, probably realizing that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and, when authorities fail to solve the case, Aaron Guzikowski's script pulls no punches as it depicts the father's transformation from doting family man to snarling judge, jury and executioner.
Oh, right - flushing with my elbow, because desperate times call for desperate measures and I'm calling a killer flu that has surfaced in every state a desperate time.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and I have digitally purchased the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey to while away the hours.
And as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not Stephen Ireland's biggest fan but desperate times call for desperate measures and maybe now, three years on, it's time to finally forgive and forget.
Undoubtedly desperate times call for desperate measures, but one can't help but wonder where it will all end.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and late last night it was confirmed that the Newcastle hierarchy contacted Shearer - who has answered their SOS call.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures and Warwickshire Cricket Club were knee-deep in desperation as the curtain closed on the 2007 county season.
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures, but Sander Westerveld came as a surprise to most Evertonians.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no one this side of the WB is more desperate than CBS.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and even if United cling on to what's left of their Premier League season they're hardly in line for a team of the year award.