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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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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct 6 ( ANI ): While stating that science has always been a part of the Indian culture, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday expressed concern over the "distressingly low participation of women in higher science."
It took three to four hours to put on the prosthetics it's distressingly real Benedict Cumberbatch
The majority are hares, badgers, deer, otters and perhaps most distressingly pet dogs and cats.
Finkiel incisively builds his lead characters, subtly developing relationships along with alienation, resentment and racism to paint a picture of an average Joe whose weaknesses are distressingly commonplace.
And distressingly, but perhaps predictably, in the search for new landfills the great Lebanese exercise of sectarianism has come into play.
She added that the shocking attitudes by strangers in public when they remarked how she was towering over her fiancEa[c] made her feel painfully uneasy and distressingly uncomfortable, Saudi daily Okaz reported.
But the scoreline only told half the story on this occasion as the Teessiders gave almost as good as they got for almost half the match before falling away distressingly in the closing stages.
Sentencing him, Recorder Euan Duff said: "There are a distressingly large number of them, regrettably, many thousands of them.
Some snakes are dangerous or even lethal to humans, but death by snakebite is extremely rare in America (at the same time, snake fatalities are distressingly common in other nations where dense human populations and the habitat of venomous snakes overlap).
Even more distressingly, the reason most quoted was that individual actions are "irrelevant in the overall scheme of things".
Most distressingly we have seen several cases of fly strike.

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