desperate situation

See: peril
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Whilst the two archers were keeping up a brisk fire upon the mob beneath them, Du Guesclin and his lady were consulting with Sir Nigel upon their desperate situation.
Sir Thomas was preparing to act upon this letter, without communicating its contents to any creature at Mansfield, when it was followed by another, sent express from the same friend, to break to him the almost desperate situation in which affairs then stood with the young people.
Next morning I was considering in my mind our desperate situation and trying to think of a remedy, when Harris came to me with a Baedeker map which showed conclusively that the mountain we were on was still in Switzerland--yes, every part of it was in Switzerland.
I agree with you that complete frankness, however painful it may be to me, is the best policy in this desperate situation to which James's folly and jealousy have reduced us.
She realized that desperate situations required desperate handling, and though she trembled inwardly at the thought of again entering the vile and hideous village of the raiders she saw no better course than that which her companion had suggested.
The defendant's lawyer asked the court to hand his client a lenient punishment as he did not have any intention of killing the victim since he was in a desperate situation.
It highlights the desperate situation facing many older workers, who may have to delay their retirement plans to avoid ending up in poverty, according to Moneyfacts.
In a joint statement to the Sunday Mail, they said all faiths share the same concern over the desperate situation facing refugees.
Alexander, 37, claimed he took the PS23 bottle because he was in a desperate situation.
The teams later determined another dinghy and came across with around 40 illegal immigrants who were in desperate situation.
In a desperate situation, I borrowed by brother's credit card and paid on time.
Boss Susanna Caira-Neeson said: "It is a desperate situation.