strait (adj.) 1
stringent, strict, harsh
1H4 IV.iii.79 [Hotspur to Blunt, of King Henry] to reform / Some certain edicts and some strait decrees / That lie too heavy on the commonwealth
2H6 III.ii.258 [Salisbury to King, of imposing a death penalty] notwithstanding such a strait edict
Tim I.i.100 [Messenger to Timon, of Ventidius] His means most short, his creditors most strait