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.
See also: dire, strait
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Jackson's investment adviser Charles Koppelman moved to quash persistent claims the pop star's finances were in dire straits.