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no man is an island

Meaning: no one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others somehow

Example: Having children has taught me that no man is an island. Read more ➺

a drowning man will clutch at a straw

Meaning: It refers to the desperate measures that someone in need may make in order to come out of the situation.

Example: Although there was no possibility of success he tried his hand at this interview to get a job because a downing man will even clutch at a straw. Read more ➺

in dire straits or need

Meaning: experience difficult financial conditions or circumstances

Example: The earthquake and the drought left the region in dire straits for a long time. Read more ➺

ad hoc

Meaning: something arranged, started, or done only when necessary but not planned earlier

Example: An ad hoc committee was formed to address health insurance problems. Read more ➺

as and when

Meaning: at the time when (used to refer to an uncertain future event)

Example: Most people in this city don't own a car - they just rent one as and when they need it. Read more ➺

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