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- (archaic) Render narrow or narrower; make strait; curtail (property).
1589, Robert Payne, A briefe description of Ireland, page 11:
- He hath already to plesure his countrie instraightned his demeanes.
- (rare, literary) Constrain; bring into straits.
1618, Edmund Bolton, The Roman histories of Lucius Julius Florus, page 142:
- But the Romans had enstraitned her before she was aware thereof.
- ^ The Oxford English Dictionary (2007).