- 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 strait-jacket
Why in the world it should make you behave as if you needed a strait-jacket I can't see.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
In a strait-jacket, he swung to the mad rockings of the gales.Moby Dick; or The Whale
To be sure they spoke of confining me in a strait-jacket—but, good God!The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
What if they should put a strait-jacket about the chest to restrain the stature?A Man's Value to Society
Newell Dwight Hillis
It would, perhaps, be advisable to put him in a strait-jacket!The Honor of the Name
- 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
Word Origin and History for strait-jacket
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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