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Procrustean bed

or procrustean bed

noun
1.
a plan or scheme to produce uniformity or conformity by arbitrary or violent methods.
Origin of Procrustean bed
after Procrustes, the bandit from Greek mythology who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.
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  • Freethought has no Procrustean bed upon which it may bring all of its constituency to one and the same size.

  • Iron-bound, impersonal ethics, the Procrustean bed of rules, he soon saw at their true value as the deification of averages.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Robert Louis Stevenson
  • On its Procrustean bed the stunted members of the race are racked; the giants are cut down.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
  • But they had no right to tyrannise over others, and tie them down to their own Procrustean bed.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • It is an error to suppose that beauty must be racked on a Procrustean bed of formula.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes

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