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  1. desperate times call for desperate measures(Proverb)

    In adverse circumstances actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.

  2. 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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