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desperate times require desperate measures

proverb Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but desperate times require desperate measures.

drastic times require drastic measures

proverb Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but drastic times require drastic measures.

leap of faith

1. An acceptance of or willingness to do something based largely or entirely on one's faith that it is correct or will work, despite having little or no evidence or assurance thereof. It will be quite the leap of faith for us to trust an outsider to run the organization, after the family has maintained control for over 100 years. I feel a bit wary that people seem so eager to make a leap of faith about driverless cars being free to drive in our streets.
2. In video games, a jump that the player's character is forced to make when the player is unable to see where they will land. Because the game doesn't offer any control over the camera, there are a number of occasions where you have to take a leap of faith and just hope for the best.
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require (someone or something) to (do something)

To demand or stipulate as obligatory that someone or something to something. The law requires you to disclose any and all assets held in foreign banks. We require all our guests to sign a waiver before going on the ride.
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require (something) from (someone or something)

1. To demand or stipulate as obligatory that someone or something provide, submit, or turn over something. The law requires a signed disclosure from each member of the board of directors. The bank requires collateral from all business taking out loans.
2. To have a necessity or requisite provided by someone or something. There are many people in the region who require the help of the government. I require more from life than just a roof over my head and three meals a day.
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require (something) of (someone or something)

To have a necessity or requisite provided by someone or something. Typically used when the required thing is vague or unspecified ("from" is more often used after "require" when the thing is specified). There are a few things we require of you before we can begin processing your information. We're still a little unclear as to what is required of us in this arrangement.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*leap of faith

Fig. acceptance of an idea or conclusion largely on faith. (*Typically: be ~; make ~; require ~.) We had to make quite a leap of faith to accept his promise after the last time he let us down.
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require something from someone

to demand something from someone. The telephone company required a deposit from John and Martha before they would install a telephone. They required some help from us.
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require something of someone

to expect or demand someone to give or do something. I require absolute loyalty of my employees. What is required of me in this job?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leap of faith

A belief or trust in something intangible or incapable of being proved. For example, It required a leap of faith to pursue this unusual step of transplanting an animals' heart into a human patient .
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leap of faith

The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leap of faith

A belief or trust in something or someone that has no basis in past experience or fact. It is often applied to technological breakthroughs, as in “It took a real leap of faith for the first astronaut to step out on the Moon.” A Boston Globe article by Thomas Oliphant quotes Senator Edward Kennedy discussing a Supreme Court nominee: “The confirmation of nominees to our courts should not require a leap of faith. Nominees must earn their confirmation by providing us with full knowledge of the values and convictions they will bring to decisions. . . .” (Sept. 29, 2005).
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* In 1827, New York passed one of the first laws requiring every bank or insurance company to file, with the state comptroller, an annual sworn statement of its affairs.
* Pillar 3 seeks to complement these activities with stronger market discipline by requiring banks to publicly disclose key information that enables market participants to assess an individual bank's risk profile and level of capitalization.
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New techniques may be needed to represent hardware and software configurations so that emulators can run programs requiring different components.
Some camps and youth organizations have gone even further, requiring two staff members be with campers when they are away from the group.
Then comes the "Contractor/Subcontractor Affirmative Action Commitment," requiring the contractor to swear fealty once again by initialing various affirmations, and the weekly "Wage Requirement Letter," including space for each worker's name, address, Social Security number, race, sex, work classification, hours worked, rate of pay, deductions, and net wages.
The Act prohibits employers from requiring a medical examination and prohibits inquiries as to whether an employee has a disability or the nature or severity of the disability unless such examination or inquiry is shown to be job related and consistent with business necessity.
An approach that manages both content and process enables executives to comply with Section 404 without requiring an exorbitant amount of time, cost, or risk to the individual or corporation.
New York City is still bound by archaic rules requiring a licensed operator for all but the smallest systems.
Virtualization or volume management provides value to customers requiring those features, but if you simply want to replicate your existing storage environment it may be adding additional complexity.
Under paid family leave, the state provides up to six weeks of partial wage replacement without requiring employers to continue benefits.
For example, the EU has rules requiring non-discrimination and EU case law, specifically decisions issued by the ECJ.
99 significantly extend those of the previous standard, requiring documentation supporting compliance with substantially all the major requirements of the standard.
The Board also seeks comment on requiring lenders to ask telephone applicants their race, ethnicity, and sex (lenders already ask these questions in in-person, mall, and Internet applications) and on requiring lenders to report lien status for applications and originated loans.
Of course, lack of a State mandate to provide training in specific areas does not preclude individual agencies from requiring such training.