Meaning of STRAIT in English

n. 25B6; noun

a strait about six miles wide : CHANNEL, sound, inlet, stretch of water.

the company is in desperate straits : A BAD/DIFFICULT SITUATION, difficulty, trouble, crisis, a mess, a predicament, a plight; informal hot/deep water, a jam, a hole, a bind, a fix, a scrape.

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