in distress


: very upset
He was clearly in distress upon hearing the news.
: in a very difficult situation in which one does not have enough money, food, etc.
She's chosen to devote her life to helping those in distress.
of a boat, airplane, etc. : in a state of danger or desperate need
The ship was in distress.

Examples of in distress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the next several hours, Norberg continued to vomit, plead for help and lie in distress, the lawsuit said. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 3 June 2024 Justin Timberlake briefly stopped people from rocking their bodies to help a fan in distress at a Saturday concert. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 Sheriff’s officials said the granddaughter was not in distress and was medically cleared by paramedics at the scene. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 7 May 2024 Rangers responded to the emergency call about the hiker in distress and deployed a helicopter with search and rescue personnel, the NPS said. Greg Norman, Fox News, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for in distress 

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“In distress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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