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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.
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in dire straits

In a very bleak or grim situation. The recent nosedive in the stock market has left many companies in dire straits. I was in dire straits there for a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in dire straits

Fig. in a very serious, bad circumstance. We are nearly broke and need money for medicine. We are in dire straits.
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They said the families had spent all available money on the treatment of the injured and direly needed the government's support to meet household expenditure.
Ch Ahsan Iqbal added that the political elements remained busy in prompting their politics of conflict and confrontation in the country for their personal gains and the PML-N government continuously ignored these negative politics of confrontation and kept focus on completing direly needed development projects (including establishing the power generation projects) to put the country on the highway of national economical and political stability'.
To save time and cost, it is direly needed that the federal and provincial governments join hands to open a world-class virology laboratory on priority basis.
The DC said the PHA would also give the direly needed newness to all the existing eight recreational parks including Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park Sialkot and Khayaban-e-Iqbal Park Sialkot Cantt for providing fresh and improved recreational facilities to the people at local level.
So, the first big change we can make is to become more aware of the fact that, when we and especially our young children watch TV, something is always going on-and some of its effects could be direly negative.
There is a dire need for scientists and researchers to steer policy research focus towards solutions direly required for combating climate change induced for expanding aridity and desertification in the country, said Climate Change Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan.
Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan observed citizens direly needed good health facility, free education and clean drinking water instead of carpeted roads.
3% on coal, the industries using the black mineral will be direly affected.
He said that a modern dryport an expo centre and new industrial estates are direly needed.
by Ali Mohammad Nazari on 5 September, 2014 - 12:48 SHARAN (Pajhwok): A number of refugees' families who fled North Waziristan Agency (NWA) following Pakistani military anti-militants offensive demanded the government and aid agencies to provide them with direly needed food stuff and shelter.
Coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in the earlier part of 2013, Donaire direly needs to come up with a victory against big name fighter for him to re-energise his boxing career.
The summit has stated that Amman seeks to restore equilibrium to the Middle East region that international policy and the world capitals direly need and that military intervention will not bring international peace at all levels," added the statement.
The Bank is financing entire value-added chain of agriculture sector and focusing on innovative technology spread direly needed for alleviating rural poverty through increase in farmers' income, said the Bank's Chief.
Still, given this oversight, Losique's heavy-on-hot-air charges about Montreal's New Film Festival are direly unfair.