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2020/03/25

Desperate times call for desperate measures

無題Meaning:
‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’ means ‘you can only fix a difficult situation by doing something extreme’. ‘Desperate’ has two meanings: 1. very bad and 2. extreme. ‘Desperate times’ means ‘very bad times’. ‘Desperate measures’ means ‘extreme steps/ strategies’. For example, some countries are now in ‘desperate times’ because of the coronavirus, so in some countries the governments have said ‘No-one can leave their house except to go to work’. That is an extreme step (or desperate measure).

Example:
A: There’s no toilet paper in the stores! It’s all sold out!
B: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Use newspaper.


Talking Point(s):
Do you agree that ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’, or do you think ‘desperate measures’ are dangerous?

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