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desperate times call for desperate measures(Proverb)
In adverse circumstances actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.
Origin: This phrase likely originates with a saying of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, which appears in his Aphorisms: "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.". A similar phrase occurs in Erasmus's Latin adage "Malo nodo, malus quærendus cuneus" (from his 1500 book Adagia, which was first published in English in 1545).
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The national savings buffers are worth around 6.5 percent of GDP at present and that's the basis of saying they will run out of cash by the middle of next year - unless the oil price goes up, but to eke out the buffers until the election will require meaningful spending cuts now... Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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