In a desperate bid to close the gap, our satire columnist says the McCain camp—whoops, unnamed sources!
So you know the reader is desperate to find out what happened after the shot rang out.
The ad became a YouTube sensation and was immediately derided by political commentators as sleazy and desperate.
They want help—they are desperate for help—but they also want to be leveled with.
Young people are eager, if not desperate, for a dramatic effort to improve their lot.
Truth to tell, both he and Carlier were in desperate straits.
Clif desperate from despair, seized it and drew himself close.
What desperate step might follow this disconcerting of her cherished plan?
"I don't—want—to—get—in," panted the poor wretch in desperate protest.
We who were not leaders of the "Band" wondered what desperate thing we were about to try.
early 15c., "despairing, hopeless," from Latin desperatus "given up, despaired of," past participle of desperare (see despair (v.)). Sense of "driven to recklessness" is from late 15c.; weakened sense of "having a great desire for" is from 1950s. Related: Desperately.