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.
verb (used with object) Also strait-jack·et.
to put in or as in a straitjacket: Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.
Origin of straitjacket
First recorded in 1805–15; strait
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Examples from the Web for strait-jacket
Historical Examples of strait-jacket
Why in the world it should make you behave as if you needed a strait-jacket I can't see.
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?
It would, perhaps, be advisable to put him in a strait-jacket!
British Dictionary definitions for strait-jacket
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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Word Origin and History for strait-jacket
also straitjacket, 1814, from strait + jacket; earlier in same sense was strait-waistcoat (1753).
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strait-jacket in Medicine
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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