A (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large
bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of
Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of
A neck of land; an isthmus.
Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt;
distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural;
as, reduced to great straits.