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Procrustes

[proh-kruhs-teez]
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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. He was killed by Theseus.
Also called Damastes.
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Procrustes

noun
  1. Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it

Word Origin

C16: from Greek Prokroustēs the stretcher, from prokrouein to extend by hammering out
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Procrustes

[(proh-krus-teez)]

A mythical Greek giant who was a thief and a murderer. He would capture travelers and tie them to an iron bed. If they were longer than the bed, he would hack off their limbs until they fit it. If they were too short, he would stretch them to the right size.

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A “procrustean” method is one that relentlessly tries to shape a person, an argument, or an idea to a predetermined pattern.
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