"Out of desperation, he ate a piece of cheese."
Translation:Uit wanhoop at hij een stukje kaas.
Native Dutch here, and I had to google that word to be sure what it meant! The majority of search results on the first pages were dictionary entries, and it only has 125k hits ('wanhoop' has over 1,6 million hits).
So I'd guess is that it is indeed not a commonly used word. Learned a new word though, so that's nice :')