in distress

idiom

Definition of in distress

1 : very upset He was clearly in distress upon hearing the news.
2 : 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.
3 of a boat, airplane, etc. : in a state of danger or desperate need The ship was in distress.

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“In distress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20distress. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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