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Desperate straits   /dˈɛsprɪt streɪts/   Listen
Desperate straits

A state of extreme distress.  Synonym: dire straits.

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"Desperate straits" Quotes from Famous Books

... suspicions are insulting. I have nothing to fear from him, for he is broken, his credit is gone, he is in desperate straits." ...
— The Iron Trail • Rex Beach

... exposed, and the Royal Scots Fusiliers were wiped out. Fortunately the arrival of Moussy with part of the 9th French Corps averted further disaster, though he had to collect regimental cooks and other unarmed men to help in holding the line. Allenby's cavalry farther south was in equally desperate straits near Hollebeke, and he was only saved by the transference of Kavanagh's 7th brigade from the north of Hooge to his assistance. North of the Ypres-Menin road the German attack had not been seriously pressed, and it was from this direction that help came between ...
— A Short History of the Great War • A.F. Pollard

... still to Denmark's foes. When things were at their worst in storm or battle, he was wont to shout to his men, "Hi, now we are having a fine time!" and his battle-cry has passed into the language. By it, in desperate straits demanding stout hearts, one may know the Dane after his own heart, the real Dane, the world over. Among his own Tordenskjold is still and always will be "the ...
— Hero Tales of the Far North • Jacob A. Riis

... to his name. But he was weak in character, and out of that weakness he had developed a Herculean strength in villainy. Failure had dogged him in everything he undertook. Broken at the gaming-tables, hounded out of town by creditors, he was in desperate straits to repair his fortunes and, as we have seen, he was not nice in his ...
— Mistress Wilding • Rafael Sabatini

... extreme necessity, they devoured their horses, and finally satisfied themselves with the carcases of dogs. Worse still, they did not scruple to feed upon human limbs. So, when the Danes were brought unto the most desperate straits, there sounded in the camp, in the first sleep of the night, and no man uttering ...
— The Danish History, Books I-IX • Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

Words linked to "Desperate straits" :   pass, strait, straits

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