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strait

[ streyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF strait
  • nouncrisis, difficulty
  • nounwater channel

Synonyms for strait

  • predicament
  • bewilderment
  • bind
  • bottleneck
  • contingency
  • crossroad
  • dilemma
  • distress
  • embarrassment
  • emergency
  • exigency
  • extremity
  • hardship
  • hole
  • mess
  • mystification
  • pass
  • perplexity
  • pinch
  • plight
  • rigor
  • squeeze
  • vicissitude
  • choke point
  • turning point
  • zero hour
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Antonyms for strait

  • advantage
  • benefit
  • blessing
  • closure
  • comfort
  • ease
  • good fortune
  • miracle
  • solution
  • success
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAIT

I hope I would have done at least as much for any man in such a strait, and most of all for you, sir.

They expected to capture him on his return through the Strait of Magellan.

In every strait of his life he went to her for comfort or advice.

At least, my father is doing his mighty best to make things so hard and strait.

The western opening of the strait could be seen, but it was entirely closed.

Besides, in such a strait our horses may fail us, and refuse the ground.

The Strait vanished and there were tumbled hills below them.

It carried the Holyhead high-road across the strait, and was built by Telford.

There might be such a strait as that through which the galatea was gliding.

From Behring's Strait to the Gulf they can easily be traced.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "narrow, confined space or place," specifically of bodies of water from late 14c., noun use of adjective strait "narrow, strict" (late 13c.), from Old French estreit (French étroit) "tight, close, narrow" (also used as a noun), from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere "bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)).

Sense of "difficulty, plight" (usually straits) first recorded 1540s. Strait and narrow "conventional way of life" is recorded from mid-14c. (see straight (adj.2)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR STRAIT

arm

nounnarrow body of water
  • branch
  • brook
  • channel
  • creek
  • estuary
  • firth
  • fjord
  • inlet
  • rivulet
  • sound
  • strait
  • stream
  • subdivision
  • tributary

contingencies

nounchance happening; possibility
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