Drastic times call for drastic measures In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "drastic times call for drastic measures", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Caroline Tran calendar 2022-10-04 02:10

Meaning of Drastic times call for drastic measures


desperate time requires desperate measure

Drastic times call for drastic measures American negative phrase informal

Difficult situations sometimes require us to take actions that are more extreme than actions which we normally take.

I have never thought that I would go and ask for her help but drastic times call for drastic measures.

The company had to fire many workers because we could not afford to pay them. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

I knew I would regret after I did that but I had no other choice. Drastic times call for drastic measures!

Other phrases about:

draw the short straw

To encounter bad luck, or being picked doing something undesirable

these things are sent to try us

This idiom is often used to express that you should accept an unpleasant situation or event because you cannot change it.

Long Pole in the Tent
somebody or something that causes delay in a project or a task that takes a long period of time to finish
soften/cushion the blow
To make a difficult experience less serious; to make the situation better
The author of your own misfortune
to be blamed because of one's own problem

Grammar and Usage of Drastic times call for drastic measures

Desperate can be used instead of drastic to make the phrase turns into desperate times call for desperate measures.  

Origin of Drastic times call for drastic measures

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This phrase derives from the saying of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, which appear in his Aphorisms: "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable". Two similar phrases are one that originates in Erasmus's Latin adage: "Malo nodo, malus quærendus cuneus" (from his 1500 book Adagia, which was first published in English in 1545); and one Latin saying, "extremis malis extrema remedia," appears in 1596.


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have/get your shit together

To reorganize your own circumstances


You failed the exam twice because you were lazy, you have to get your shit together if you want to graduate. 

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