1 narrow, tight, constricted, constricting, confining, confined, restricting, restricted, limited, limiting, rigorous, demanding, exacting; difficult, straitened:
Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
2 Usually (except in gazetteers), straits, narrows, channel:
We coasted through the Straits of Magellan with all sails flying.
3 dire or desperate or sore straits. bad or poor state or condition, trouble, predicament, plight, mess, dilemma, tight spot, hot water, US bind Colloq pickle, jam, scrape, pretty or fine kettle of fish, US box:
We shall be in dire straits if father's cheque doesn't come soon.
1 narrow piece of water connecting seas, etc.
VERB + STRAIT
go through, pass through | enter
STRAIT + VERB
The oil terminal is in the narrow strait that separates the island from the mainland.
across the ~
He tried to swim across the Straits of Gibraltar.
| in the ~
a ship anchored in the Straits of Hormuz
| on the ~
The town is on the straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
| through the ~
Many hundreds of vessels pass through the straits each year.
| ~ between 2 straits
desperate, dire, serious | financial
The business is in dire financial straits.
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