be in dire straits

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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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He was 68.Nicknamed Munna Lahori, Rehman was in dire straits for quite some time due to a lack of work and deteriorating health.
He I was trying at to protect my finances on behalf of my son..I was in dire straits JIM CORR YESTERDAY as
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However, what got my interest in the article, was that the Evening Gazette mentioned that a football club in Stockton was in dire straits. Billingham may be under Stockton Council - and I know I am not alone in thinking that SBC don't realise we exist - but as a township we are independent from Stockton.
We ran down to the river and continued for about 12 miles.'' 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.
(CA) was in dire straits. Founder Charles Wang had stepped down as CEO, but his hand-picked successor, Sanjay Kumar, had been implicated in a massive accounting fraud and was forced to resign, as was CFO Ira Zar, who later pled guilty to securities fraud.