dire straits

NOUN
  1. a state of extreme distress
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How To Use dire straits In A Sentence

  • Much of the money at the moment is poured into the primary sector in health, leaving the secondary sector in dire straits.
  • The local authorities are in dire straits financially.
  • Schools in this country, in the government system now are in dire straits in many cases.
  • What is not in dispute is that thousands of people in this part of the world are in dire straits. Times, Sunday Times
  • People come up with the best ideas when they are in dire straits. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice
  • The Food Bank provides one-time emergency grocery assistance to those in dire straits, as well as providing one hot meal a week for about a month.
  • After the war the county's economy was in dire straits.
  • The Indian granite and natural stone industry is in dire straits.
  • There was a pride about her, even though she was in dire straits. DREAMS OF INNOCENCE
  • 'You are, as I remember the cricket commentators used to say, in dire straits. YESTERDAY'S SHADOW
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