strait noun

1 narrow piece of water connecting seas, etc.

ADJ. narrow

VERB + STRAIT go through, pass through | enter

STRAIT + VERB separate sth The oil terminal is in the narrow strait that separates the island from the mainland.

PREP. across the ~ He tried to swim across the Straits of Gibraltar. | in the ~ a ship anchored in the Straits of Hormuz | on the ~ The town is on the straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. | through the ~ Many hundreds of vessels pass through the straits each year. | ~ between 2 straits trouble

ADJ. desperate, dire, serious | financial

PREP. in ~ The business is in dire financial straits.