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abandon ship to extricate oneself from a situation where danger or failure seems imminent, often at the expense of loyalty to a group or cause. [1/2 definitions]
acclimate to become used to a new climate or situation. [2 definitions]
adequate good enough or well enough suited for the situation or need; satisfactory. [1/3 definitions]
affair a controversial situation or occurrence; scandal. [1/6 definitions]
-age condition or situation. [1/5 definitions]
a hard row to hoe a very difficult task or situation.
ahead into a relatively better situation. [1/6 definitions]
a long row to hoe a very difficult task or situation.
ambivalence the presence of conflicting feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, thing, or situation. [1/2 definitions]
applicable relevant or appropriate to a given situation; capable of being applied.
appropriate fitting the practical or social requirements of the situation; seemly; suitable. [1/3 definitions]
at least in any case; at any rate (used to name one good thing that still exists in a bad situation). [1/2 definitions]
a tough nut to crack a problem or situation that is difficult to solve or cope with. [1/2 definitions]
background historical or social conditions or events leading up to, or being present during, a given situation or event. [2/5 definitions]
bail1 (informal) to help out of a difficult situation (often fol. by "out"). [1/5 definitions]
bedlam a situation or scene of confused disorder and uproar.
bed of roses a condition or situation that is comfortable, easy, or luxurious.
befitting suitable or appropriate, often with respect to a particular situation or sphere of conduct.
bind a situation of unusual difficulty. [1/13 definitions]
bite the bullet to endure the pain or difficulty of voluntarily forced effort, or the unpleasantness of a situation forced upon one.
bitter end the end or conclusion of an unpleasant process, situation, or activity (usu. prec. by "the"). [1/2 definitions]