Procrustean bed

or procrustean bed


noun

a plan or scheme to produce uniformity or conformity by arbitrary or violent methods.

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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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