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Strait, adj. (cf. Straight) 1) narrow: “flying through a s. lane,” Cymb. V, 3, 7. Cymb. V, 3, 7
2) tight, close: “you rode, like a kern of Ireland, your French hose off, and in your s. strossers,” H5 III, 7, 57.
3) parsimonious, niggardly: “I do not ask you much, I beg cold comfort; and you are so s. and so ingrateful, you deny me that,” John V, 7, 42.
4) strict: “whom I believe to be most s. in virtue,” Meas. II, 1, 9. “some s. decrees that lie too heavy on the commonwealth,” H4A IV, 3, 79. “such a s. edict,” H6B III, 2, 258. “his means most short, his creditors most s.” Tim. I, 1, 96.
Adverbially: “proceed no --er 'gainst our uncle Gloster than . . .,” H6B III, 2, 20.
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