- a garment made of strong material and designed to bind the arms, as of a violently disoriented person.
- anything that severely confines, constricts, or hinders: Conventional attitudes can be a straitjacket, preventing original thinking.
- to put in or as in a straitjacket: Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.
Origin of straitjacket
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Examples from the Web for straitjacket
What matters now for Rowhani is whether he can get anything done within the straitjacket imposed by Khamenei.Rowhani's Empty Victory
June 19, 2013
“I hope that the visit and U.S. engagement will put the generals in a straitjacket,” said Aung Zaw.Obama Does Delicate Dance on Historic Visit to Burma
November 19, 2012
His arms were inserted in the long, closed sleeves of the straitjacket.The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist: Houdini
His first move was to take the straitjacket in his own hands and order me to stand.A Mind That Found Itself
Clifford Whittingham Beers
Then she takes out the straitjacket and goes behind the chair.Plays: The Father; Countess Julie; The Outlaw; The Stronger
You ought to be put in a straitjacket and drenched with cold water.The Shuttle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Finally even the old nurse is induced to betray him: she slips the straitjacket over him, adding the last touch to the treachery.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
- Also called: straightjacket a jacket made of strong canvas material with long sleeves for binding the arms of violent prisoners or mentally ill patients
- a severe restriction or limitation
- (tr) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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- A long-sleeved jacketlike garment used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person.
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