Definition of strait noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    strait

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    NAmE//streɪt//
     
     
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  1. 1straits [plural] (especially in the names of places) a narrow passage of water that connects two seas or large areas of water the Strait(s) of Gibraltar
  2. 2straits [plural] a very difficult situation especially because of lack of money The factory is in dire straits. She found herself in desperate financial straits.
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