'Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures' | Phrase Definition, Origin, & Examples
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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures


When you say ‘Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures’ you mean that actions that might seem extreme under normal circumstances are appropriate during adversity.

Example of use: “I really don’t want to break up with Tim, but desperate times call for desperate measures.”

Interesting fact

The expression ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’ is believed to have originated with a saying coined by the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. In his work Amorphisms, he wrote: “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.”