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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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It took three to four hours to put on the prosthetics it's distressingly real Benedict Cumberbatch
Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles, Anne-Marie Duff and Riz Ahmed look distressingly like seven talents in need of new agents.
To my ears there were only two duds: Bob Chilcott's glutinous arrangement of Tallis' Canon (though the Birmingham University Singers distinguished themselves alongside The Sixteen); and the Choral Dances from Britten's ill-fated Coronation opera Gloriana, mincing in its writing in a way we have come to find distressingly frequent in this centenary year's tributes, which are possibly doing more harm than good.
Perhaps most distressingly, he declared, matter-of-factly: "I might have another drink, but I don't know if I've got another recovery.
When the NSA recruits uber-geek Ian to use his gaming skills to fly drones in war zones, moral ambiguities become even more distressingly blurred.
Detective chief inspector Michael Orchard said: "Rhys Lawrie was not just vulnerable as any three year old child is by virtue of his age, but he was also disabled and distressingly unable to tell anyone about the violence and pain he was suffering at the hands of Cameron Rose.
Despite distressingly poor sales to date, Windows Phone 8 is set to consolidate its place as the 'third platform' behind Google and Apple in the next five years, analysts Ovum and Gartner have predicted.
Distressingly, up to 60 other young British passport holders may have returned to London after passing through training camps in the war ravaged southwest region of Somalia.
Emily is wearing 1861 clothing, her hair is pinned up under a bonnet, and, most distressingly, everyone in the novel behaves as if she has always been there.
Stacey Winston, from the UN, said the 2011 fund remains distressingly underfunded with a 73 per cent shortfall and if more funding is not received relief supplies will run out within weeks.
Stacey Winston, from the UN, said the 2011 fund "remains distressingly underfunded with a 73 per cent shortfall and if more funding is not received relief supplies will run out within weeks.
1 million HIV-infected people in the United States, a distressingly low number of them complete all four steps.