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(n) (usually straits) a condition of great difficulty. Origin: L stringere, to bind -> strictus After the death of her husband, who was the sole breadwinner of the family, the widow was in desperate straits. She had no income and three children to feed. Not finding any other solution to the predicament, she decided to give her children for adoption, thinking that that way, they would at least have a good education and future.

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