The character 窄 means narrow and is pronounced as 「zhǎi」 in the third tone. Its meaning comes from the components abruptly 乍 and cave 穴. Its sound (probably) comes from the character 乍 zhà.
at first, suddenly
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narrow + narrow
wide + narrow
yuān jiā lù zhǎi
ㄩㄢ ㄐㄧㄚ ㄌㄨˋ ㄓㄞˇ
grievance + home + road + narrow
lit. enemies on a narrow road (idiom); fig. an inevitable clash between opposing factions
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