Definition of Desperate straits

1. Noun. A state of extreme distress.

Exact synonyms: Dire Straits
Generic synonyms: Pass, Strait, Straits



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Literary usage of Desperate straits

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1. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"A Desperate Man : ' a play by ANSON POND— ' desperate straits : ' a play by HH WINSLOW. [All of these have been performed in USA].—'Desperation:' a play by ..."

2. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777-1795, 1801 by George Clinton, New York (State). Governor, 1801-1804 (George Clinton), Hugh Hastings, James Austin Holden, New York (State). State Historian (1902)
"... protect the Inhabitants in collecting & thrashing their Grain. [No. 3152.] THE ARMY IN desperate straits. The Commissary General and the Committee of ..."

3. Review of Reviews and World's Work by Albert Shaw (1904)
"The desperate straits to which the defense had been reduced by the middle of November was seen from the blowing up of the destroyer ..."

4. History of the Northern Pacific Railroad by Eugene Virgil Smalley (1883)
"... Vacant Spaces—Falling off of Western Immigration—The Company in Desperate Straits—Its Rescue liy a Sagacious Plan of Reorganization—The Bonds Converted ..."

5. The War of Greek Independence, 1821 to 1833 by Walter Alison Phillips (1897)
"... assaults repulsed—desperate straits of the garrison—Greek fleet under Miaoulis defeats ... desperate straits ..."

6. South American Fights and Fighters: And Other Tales of Adventure by Cyrus Townsend Brady (1910)
"V. The desperate straits of Nicuesa Now let us return to Nicuesa. Making a landfall, Nicuesa, with a small caravel, attended by the two ..."

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