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n. often straits
1. A narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water: straits that were treacherous; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Straits.
2. A position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need: in desperate straits.
a. Difficult; stressful.
b. Having or marked by limited funds or resources.
a. Narrow or confined.
b. Fitting tightly; constricted.
3. Strict, rigid, or righteous.
[Middle English streit, narrow, a strait, from Old French estreit, tight, narrow, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]
to be in dire straits to be in desperate straits to be in a position of acute difficulty
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|Noun||1.||straits - a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs|
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
|2.||straits - a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"|