An example of a strait is a poor family being in “dire straits.”
To follow the strait and narrow.
The Strait of Gibraltar.
To be in dire straits.
An example of a strait is the Bering Strait.
Straits that were treacherous; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Straits.
In desperate straits.
Origin of strait
- Middle English streit narrow, a strait from Old French estreit tight, narrow from Latin strictus past participle of stringere to draw tight streig- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition