desperate situation

See: peril
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While Jones was terrifying himself with the apprehension of a thousand dreadful machinations, and deep political designs, which he imagined to be at the bottom of the promotion of Honour, Fortune, who hitherto seems to have been an utter enemy to his match with Sophia, tried a new method to put a final end to it, by throwing a temptation in his way, which in his present desperate situation it seemed unlikely he should be able to resist.
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.
The examination, which his companions so instantly and so intently made, rather served to assure them of their desperate situation, than to appease their fears.
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.
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.
How they choose to spend the money is none of my business but I know that someone in a desperate situation will spend it on whatever they need most.
They have been told it is likely to be next year before a tribunal will hear their appeal - leaving them in a desperate situation.
HOMELESS figures reached an all-time high this month with 6,709 people now in a desperate situation.
They are there on the ground at the French port, volunteering, desperately trying to make a difference to 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.