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