in dire straits

Definition of in dire straits

:in a very bad or difficult situation
  • With its best player out of the game, the team found itself in dire straits.

Word by Word Definitions

dire play
  1. : exciting horror

  2. : dismal, oppressive

  3. : warning of disaster

strait play straits
  1. : strict, rigorous

  2. : narrow

  3. : limited in space or time

  1. : in a close or tight manner

  1. : a narrow space or passage

  2. : a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water

  3. : isthmus


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