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
- ‘She sat high, straitening her despairing posture.’
- ‘Serge turns around to face his brothers, straitening his cape,’
- ‘He braces himself as if under attack then straitens up and watches the plane.’
- ‘‘Night, partner, sweet dreams,’ she grinned, pulling away and straitening her clothes.’
- ‘Give me a good pair of sneakers any day, she thought while straitening the red tube top Sara had somehow convinced her to wear.’
- ‘Angie didn't give him time to reply as she stood up, wiping away her tears and straitening her shirt.’
- ‘Even Isabella began straitening out her blue dress.’
- ‘I was straitening my dress, and I turned around and he was gone.’
- ‘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.’
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