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The car drove on a straight stretch but the occupants were pondering how to come out of the dire straits. Straight means running in a line, in one...
The car drove on a straight stretch but the occupants were pondering how to come out of the dire straits. Straight means running in a line, in one direction without a bend or a curve; not curly, not flared; and unbending, it also functions as an adjective, adverb and a noun. She is gifted with straight hair. Rivers never run in a straight line but they always meander. Straight-forward is an adjective which refers to a person’s character or manner. Straightaway is an adverb. He started work straightaway on the website as he was assigned to generate content.
Strait means a narrow passage, a waterway, a channel. Straits are naturally formed narrow navigable waterways connecting two large water bodies. Strait is a channel of water that lies between two land masses. Straits are navigable because they are shallow. It should be noted that straits is also used like Straits of Gibraltar in Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean and other proper names which is plural but with a singular meaning.
The Bering Strait is a narrow sea passage between the eastern most point of the Asian continent and the western most point of the North American continent which separates the United States and Russia by 58 miles. The Strait of Bosporus in Istanbul connects Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. ‘Straits’ is a plural noun which refers to being in a state of difficulty, troubled situation or a crisis.
The economy of Greece is in dire straits. Straitened is an adjective, meaning having little money or scarcely any money. ‘In straitened’ is an idiom: Not having enough money to pay for necessities. The family is in straitened times, which means in poverty.
But straitjacket means a garment with long sleeves which can be tied together to confine the arms of a violent prisoner to prevent him from using his arms as a precaution from harming others. Is a large section of Indian society straitjacketed (verb) by the measures of the government? I want to live straight life (honest and truthful) to overcome financial straits…