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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.
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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
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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
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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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In this paper, we go beyond the limitations of the United States data and study the performance of distressed stocks around the globe.
Further, we find that rivals operating in concentrated industries lower costs during the period of filing and these changes are higher if the rival is economically distressed. The paper is organized as follows.
Although this ratio is 1.5 for the distressed firms, yet distressed firms also possess the ability to dispose-off its liabilities with current assets.
When you exclude distressed sales from the numbers, virtually the same states show up on the list, with the exception that South Carolina is bumped off the list with Oregon taking its place.
On a month-over-month basis, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, rose by 0.1 percent in November 2014 compared to October 2014.
The CoreLogic Pending HPI indicates that February 2014 home prices, including distressed sales, are projected to increase 12.5 percent year over year from February 2013.
In January the sales of distressed properties in San Luis Obispo County totaled 36.7%, down considerably from February 2011 when the total was at a year high of 52.7%.
Price stratification is common in markets where distressed sales are prevalent.
On the other hand, when we include distressed sales, price growth is much more negative.
The Global Distressed fund is currently up for the year and since its inception in 2002 has delivered an annualised return of approximately 6.35 per cent, during which time the benchmark index has delivered 5.67 per cent.
The survey does, however, suggest that the supply of distressed property continues to outstrip demand in some countries, most noticeably in the Republic of Ireland, Italy and the UK.
A: In 2010, we really saw the distressed asset sector gain significant traction.
Global Banking News-September 28, 2010--Jefferies names head of distressed trading(C)2010 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
New York has been relatively unscathed by the subprime mortgage crisis, but certain areas of Long Island are leading the state in terms of distressed mortgages -- by far.