n (sometimes singular)
1 crisis, difficulty, dilemma, distress, embarrassment, emergency, extremity, hardship, hole (slang) mess, panic stations (informal) pass, perplexity, plight, predicament, pretty or fine kettle of fish (informal)
2 channel, narrows, sound
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strait ( straits plural )
1 n-count; n-in-names You can refer to a narrow strip of sea which joins two large areas of sea as a strait or thestraits.
An estimated 1600 vessels pass through the strait annually., ...the Straits of Gibraltar.
2 n-plural If someone is in dire or desperate straits, they are in a very difficult situation, usually because they do not have much money. adj N The company's closure has left many small businessmen in desperate financial straits.
strait-laced , straight-laced, straitlaced
If you describe someone as strait-laced, you disapprove of them because they have very strict views about what kind of behaviour is moral or acceptable. adj
He was criticised for being boring, strait-laced and narrow-minded...
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