One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make or become narrow.with object ‘the passage was straitened by tables’
restrict, restrain, constrain, hamper, confine, curb, check, hinder, handicap, obstruct, impede, interfere with, forestall, thwart, frustrateView synonyms
- ‘Give me a good pair of sneakers any day, she thought while straitening the red tube top Sara had somehow convinced her to wear.’
- ‘He braces himself as if under attack then straitens up and watches the plane.’
- ‘Even Isabella began straitening out her blue dress.’
- ‘She sat high, straitening her despairing posture.’
- ‘She turned around straitening the uniform jacket of the store, which was black and had the owner's name stitched in gold by the collar.’
- ‘Angie didn't give him time to reply as she stood up, wiping away her tears and straitening her shirt.’
- ‘Serge turns around to face his brothers, straitening his cape,’
- ‘‘Night, partner, sweet dreams,’ she grinned, pulling away and straitening her clothes.’
- ‘I was straitening my dress, and I turned around and he was gone.’
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