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straitjacket

or straight·jack·et

[streyt-jak-it]
noun
  1. a garment made of strong material and designed to bind the arms, as of a violently disoriented person.
  2. anything that severely confines, constricts, or hinders: Conventional attitudes can be a straitjacket, preventing original thinking.
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verb (used with object) Also strait-jack·et.
  1. to put in or as in a straitjacket: Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.
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Origin of straitjacket

First recorded in 1805–15; strait + jacket
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Examples from the Web for strait-jacket

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • To be sure they spoke of confining me in a strait-jacket—but, good God!

  • 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

    Emile Gaboriau


British Dictionary definitions for strait-jacket

straitjacket

noun
  1. Also called: straightjacket a jacket made of strong canvas material with long sleeves for binding the arms of violent prisoners or mentally ill patients
  2. a severe restriction or limitation
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verb
  1. (tr) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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Word Origin and History for strait-jacket

n.

also straitjacket, 1814, from strait + jacket; earlier in same sense was strait-waistcoat (1753).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

strait-jacket in Medicine

straitjacket

n.
  1. 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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