in dire straits

idiom

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

Examples of in dire straits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, parent Cagiva was now in dire straits financially, and sold off Ducati to a group in Texas. William Roberson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Families most often arrive already in dire straits, legally and economically, because of situations caused by heirs’ property. Patrice Gaines, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 In February 2011, Hitchcock sent a text message that suggested the company was in dire straits. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Icelandic volcano erupts for second time in under a month The Icelandic town of Grindavík is in dire straits after a nearby volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month on Sunday. Justin Klawans, The Week Us, theweek, 15 Jan. 2024 In March of last year the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning specifically about how AI scams were tricking grandparents into thinking their grandchild was in dire straits by cloning their voice. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 Marathon specialized in distressed assets: entities that are priced below their market value and are usually in dire straits. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2024 Put them in dire straits, Chabon seems to be saying, and Jews will descend to the level of their enemies — and the U.S. government will happily back them. Jack Butler, National Review, 4 Nov. 2023 In a certain way, the muted dramatic tone suits the circumstances: This is the depths of the Great Depression, and the have-nots are in dire straits. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023

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“In dire straits.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20dire%20straits. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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