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English definition of “strait”

strait

noun uk   /streɪt/ us  

strait noun (WATER)

[C usually plural] a narrow area of sea that connects two larger areas of sea: the Straits of GibraltarBays and gulfsCoasts and beaches

strait noun (DIFFICULTY)

straits [plural] a difficult situation, especially because of financial problems: So many companies are in such dire/difficult straits that their prices have come right down.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disastersPoverty and poor
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