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abuse of distress

The wrongful or unlawful use or sale of property that has been seized in order to force payment or the performance of some contractual obligation (known in law as the process of distress or distrain). It was a clear case of abuse of distress: the landlord, without a court order, changed the locks on the door and then seized and sold the tenants' belongings only an hour after serving them a notice of eviction.
See also: abuse, distress, of

damsel in distress

A helpless woman who needs to be rescued from some danger. The term is a reference to the stereotypical female character in romantic stories who serves solely to be rescued by a heroic male character. It's not like I'm a damsel in distress, Dad—I'll be fine living on my own.
See also: damsel, distress

damsel in distress

a young woman in trouble. humorous
Damsel in distress makes humorous reference to the ladies in chivalric romances whose sole purpose was to be rescued from peril by a knight in shining armour (see knight).
See also: damsel, distress

a ˌdamsel in diˈstress

(humorous) a woman who needs help from a man, often to solve a practical problem: When I got a flat tyre I had to wait for my boyfriend to come and help me, like a true damsel in distress!
Damsel is an old word for a young woman who is not married.
See also: damsel, distress
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Perturbing nature of this chronic disease impairs all aspects of human's life creating continuous distress for the patients.
Significant" distress, which relates to businesses with minor CCJs filed against them, or those showing a marked deterioration in key financial ratios, rose by 9% in the past three months and by 24% since the same period in 2016 to affect 20,169 businesses in the region.
Organizations are responsible for creating positive, supportive work environments, ensuring that their nurses and other caregivers are prepared to deal with morale distress issues, and providing processes that allow honest discus sions while maintaining respect for all participants.
The research may help to unmask hidden, unrevealed or un-documented distress in doctors, may help in initiating reforms to attenuate it and may prove as a guideline to lead to more studies in this regard.
Respiratory distress is a common problem during the newborn period with considerable mortality.
Sectors that performed less positively in the first quarter of 2012 included property services, which showed a 122% increase in distress, and the construction sector with a 104% increase in distress as public spending cuts mean that some long-term infrastructure and construction contracts have been delayed or shelved.
Our results suggest that firms in financial distress use a significantly larger amount of trade credit than healthy ones.
Three additional articles were selected from the initial cohort of 168 as a means of better understanding the concept within the broader context of nursing, and to distinguish moral distress from the related concepts of moral residue and moral stress (Erlen, 2001; Hardingham, 2004; Lutzen, Cronquist, Magnusson, & Andersson, 2003).
To date, few studies have examined distress from SITs in either clinical or non-clinical populations.
The prevalence of uninsurance did not differ markedly between those with only frequent mental distress and those with both frequent mental distress and frequent physical distress, suggesting that frequent mental distress may be the driving factor in the prevalence of uninsurance in this population," they wrote.
The moral distress scale measures perceptions of nurses on two dimensions of each situation: (1) intensity of moral distress and (2) frequency of the encounter of that particular situation using a 0-6 Likert scale.
In young adults already experiencing distress, the fewer hours they sleep the worse the outcome across the range of sleep hours," said lead author Dr.
These guidelines are based on a number of US and international standards that seek to eliminate pain and distress in such animals or at least reduce it as much as possible unless scientifically justified.
Since not specifically excluded by section 104, damages that do not relate to physical injuries, such as those paid for emotional distress, typically are included in a taxpayer's income and are subject to tax.
104(a) adds that "emotional distress shall not be treated as a physical injury or physical sickness.