desperate straits

noun
a state of extreme distress
Syn: ↑dire straits
Hypernyms: ↑pass, ↑strait, ↑straits

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  • dire straits — noun a state of extreme distress • Syn: ↑desperate straits • Hypernyms: ↑pass, ↑strait, ↑straits * * * Dire Straits [Dire Straits] a British pop group formed …   Useful english dictionary

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