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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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This helps to facilitate a comparison between our results and those of Sheshinski (2007, 2010) and Direr (2010) concerning flexible annuity plans.
In this tinderbox, the Abu Dhabi base keeps tensions at arm's length by discouraging all aggression that could force the region into a crisis whose consequences would become direr as they spread to surrounding countries.
Moreover, the direr the event threat, the more highly motivated the believers would be to go all-out to find the solution.
Ultimately, Milton shows that as a demon's sins (and, implicitly, an unregenerate human's sins) become graver, his counter sufferings include direr effects of the first and second degrees of punishment and reflect the gradual weakening of his will until it is annihilated.
direr, suggesting that Jordanian debt may leap from its present 14.
The participants in the symposium however, begged to direr and demonstrated that Fanonism is reaching out to, as well as past, its original audience: those who have experienced the long-term effects of colonialism's imprints, embedded as they are in the cultural and social structures of their communities.
For all the glum news pouring out of the core of the European Union, many of the countries on the EU's periphery are in even direr straits, and some experts believe their instability could further weaken the Union.
which can generally lw characterized into direr categories:
In Javier Tellez's amazingly beautiful film O Rinoceronte de Direr, 2010, time again inscribes its (s)pace.
In a speech at the founding ceremony, Adler pronounced: "There have been no direr wars than religious wars, no bitterer hates than religious hates, no fiendish cruelty like religious cruelty .
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Adverse effects, including rates of hemorrhage and antenatal hospitalization, did not direr between the two study groups.
According to World Bank figures, nearly half of the world's six billion people still live on less than two dollars a day; when factors such as education, health care, and credit access are taken into account, the picture is even direr in some of the world's poorest places.
If this bad trend continues, an even direr scenario will ensue.