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: a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water —often used in plural but singular in construction
archaic : a narrow space or passage
: a situation of perplexity or distress —often used in plural
in dire straits
: causing distress : difficult
: limited as to means or resources
: limited in space or time
: closely fitting : constricted, tight
: in a close or tight manner
Noun Her campaign is in desperate straits. The company is in desperate financial straits. The economy is in dire straits.
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NounThe Georgia passed through the strait into the Persian Gulf in January submerged, when Iranian forces photographed it underwater. —Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 May 2021 It is estimated that just under half the world’s container ships passed through the strait during the last seven months, and 88 percent of the largest of these ships. —Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 The animation consists of images acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite as ice was flushed out through the strait between April 19 and May 11. —Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 13 June 2019 But almost all iPhones are assembled just across the strait in China. —Chris Miller, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2022 The state of war with the mainland was constant; sometimes the two sides shelled each other across the strait. —Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 More than halfway across the strait, the seas became so choppy that the captain of her support boat started to get nervous for his vessel. —Kate Siber, Outside Online, 5 Dec. 2017 The Bering Sea is part of the North Pacific Ocean south of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia, while the Chukchi Sea is part of the Arctic Ocean just north of the strait. —Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2022 Further north, lands near the Torres Strait Islands—there are at least 274 in the strait between Australia and New Guinea—were returned to Torres Strait Islanders of Aboriginal, Melanesian, and Australian background last year. —Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Nov. 2022
AdjectiveTamera lives with reserved, strait-laced, well-to-do Ray Bampbell (Tim Reid) and Tia with earthy, mouthy, pushy, jobless Lisa Landr (Jackee Harry). —Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 Song recently took over as head of TAO, the Chinese government’s department for handling cross-strait affairs. —Bloomberg News, Bloomberg.com, 10 Feb. 2023 However, few analysts see an imminent threat of cross-strait conflict within this third term. —Rhoda Kwan, NBC News, 16 Oct. 2022 Now, with a war raging in Europe and deteriorating cross-strait relations, she’s begun looking into medical training and browsing war survival manuals. —Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Cross-strait tensions are at their highest since the 1996 Taiwanese presidential elections, when China conducted a series of missile tests just before the polls. —Time Staff, Time, 4 Jan. 2023 One in particular involved the famous Appleton-native Harry Houdini, who suspended himself upside down in a strait jacket above the intersection of 4th and State streets in 1916. —Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2023 What would set them apart from their strait-laced European counterparts now? —Hazlitt, 20 Dec. 2022 The cars from Kenosha came with reclining seats, not for driving but for sleeping, and this seemed to give reclining seats a bad name forever in the strait-laced American heartland. —David E. Davis Jr., Car and Driver, 12 Jan. 2023 See More
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