One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Straitened financial circumstances; limited means.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Wilkins (1614–1672), theologian and natural philosopher. From classical Latin rēs angusta domī ‘narrowed circumstances at home’ from rēs thing + angusta, feminine of angustus + domī at home, locative of domus home.
res angusta domi/ˌrɛz aŋˌɡʌstə ˈdɒmi//ˌreɪz aŋˌɡʊstə ˈdɒmi/
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