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distress

1. mental pain; anguish
2. physical or financial trouble
3. in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in dire need of help
4. Law
a. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc.; distraint
b. the property thus seized
c. US (as modifier): distress merchandise
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THE sight of aimless young people hanging around street corners, parks and bus stations has become distressingly familiar.
But these documents are distressingly easy to produce.
Either way, the moment you walk through the doors it's distressingly other-worldly, intelligible only to those with a degree in A/V output sockets or, more probably, anyone under the age of 20.
Back in England, married and fuelled by excitement and anticipation, the act of conception is distressingly elusive.
Authority saw the two murders as dissimilar but for me they were distressingly alike.
JANET, Birmingham A The average mobile user changes phone every 18 months and teenagers can be distressingly status-conscious, Janet.
While Southern California enjoys a stunningly diverse base of export industries, a distressingly high percentage face intense competition or structural change or both.
THE reaction on these shores to Diego Maradona's serious illness was distressingly predictable.
Even more distressingly, another AICR survey found that 78 percent believe the kind of food they eat is more important for losing weight than the sheer amount of food they eat.
Although the range of Romania's performances so far has been distressingly wide, overall they are consistent with their standing in the Fifa rankings, which suggest they are more than 3.
Moral reformers, Schwartz contends, and more distressingly the virtues they preached, have been unfairly vilified by later generations of structural reformers, radical social critics, moral relativists, and social historians.
The parallels drawn between the ailing Vulcan mind-melders and gay men in the early days of AIDS are distressingly accurate, down to Pa'nar sufferers being called an "undesirable subculture" who deserve their fate.