straitjacket

or straight·jack·et

[ streyt-jak-it ]
/ ˈstreɪtˌdʒæk ɪt /

noun

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-jacket.

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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British Dictionary definitions for straitjacket

straitjacket
/ (ˈstreɪtˌdʒækɪt) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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Medical definitions for straitjacket

straitjacket

n.

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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