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strait
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Moby Dick
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  • Alone in his canoe, he paddled off to a distant strait, which he knew the ship must pass through when she quitted the island.
  • In a strait-jacket, he swung to the mad rockings of the gales.

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  • Once a vagabond on his own canal, I have received good turns from one of these Canallers; I thank him heartily; would fain be not ungrateful; but it is often one of the prime redeeming qualities of your man of violence, that at times he has as stiff an arm to back a poor stranger in a strait, as to plunder a wealthy one.

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as in: Strait of Hormuz Define
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
as in: put her in a tough strait Define
a bad or difficult situation
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