in dire straits

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.
See also: dire, strait

in dire straits

Fig. in a very serious, bad circumstance. We are nearly broke and need money for medicine. We are in dire straits.
See also: dire, strait
References in classic literature ?
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one, our opponents will be in dire straits.
Nicknamed Munna Lahori, Rehman was in dire straits for quite some time due to a lack of work and deteriorating health.
Bulgaria also tops the ranking in terms of the share of people who live in dire straits with 34.
However, he added that it is only one aspect of a much more severe crisis that is being faced by South Africa whose economy is indeed in dire straits.
Giving evidence the musician said: "I was trying to protect my finances as best I could on behalf of my son because I recognised I was in dire straits.
The core of The Straits is Alan, who was in Dire Straits from 1980 to 1992, guitarist Phil Palmer, who joined in 1991, and saxophonist Chris White who joined Dire Straits in 1985.
He says Allardyce, pictured, took over Newcastle when it was in dire straits, correct.
The victims are in dire straits: Medically in dire straits-- in terms of water and food in dire straits.
The troubled hospital, built in the aftermath of the Watts Riots to serve a largely ignored African-American population, has been in dire straits for years.
There is no doubt the sturgeon, an ancient fish that can live up to 100 years and weigh more than a ton, is in dire straits.
It is not the end of the club, but they are in dire straits financially.
In a commentary following the announcement, the Moscow newspaper Kommersant guessed that Ratmansky had been appointed to the job now "before any of the Western companies, who are in dire straits for talented directors, would snatch him up.
WE have the highest council tax in the country; very high taxes imposed by the government; schools in need of repair; care homes for the elderly closing through lack of funds; a health service in dire straits through lack of funding,as is our police force.
Sony, Warner and Universal are in dire straits," says Raul Vazquez, regional director in Latin America for the IFPI.