So you know the reader is desperate to find out what happened after the shot rang out.
Republican activists are desperate to show America how angry they are; they're less desperate to win elections.
They want help—they are desperate for help—but they also want to be leveled with.
It took a lot of desperate hectoring for the buffs—Do I have to do everything myself here?
There were some boos, but desperate fans of Cleveland quickly resumed praying at his feet.
Truth to tell, both he and Carlier were in desperate straits.
desperate hope in another man's God may do something for us, but it cannot do much.
What desperate step might follow this disconcerting of her cherished plan?
"You're a desperate fellow," she said, half scared, and she laughed a little.
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.