But they had no right to tyrannise over others, and tie them down to their own Procrustean bed.
It is revealed as the Procrustean bed which cramps us up until we ache inside.
It forced violin playing into a Procrustean bed unsuited to its true nature and mission.
Freethought has no Procrustean bed upon which it may bring all of its constituency to one and the same size.
They are too often broken outright on the Procrustean bed; they are probably always disfigured.
Too late to catch the Folkestone packet, his bed is in Boulogne—no bed of roses, but a couch of Procrustean.
Young limbs will not always adjust themselves to the Procrustean bed.
Iron-bound, impersonal ethics, the Procrustean bed of rules, he soon saw at their true value as the deification of averages.
To him the judicial office was a Procrustean one of fitting each case to the legal bed, if necessary by a surgical operation.
My purposes, my views, my beliefs were the Procrustean bed upon which every act of hers was measured.
1846 in figurative sense, "violently making conformable to standard," from Procrustes, mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it. The name is Greek Prokroustes "one who stretches," from prokrouein "to beat out, stretch out," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + krouein "to strike."