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straitjacket

or straight·jack·et

[streyt-jak-it]
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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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Related Words for straitjacket

embargo, restriction, constraint, prohibition, reduction, limit, ban, curb, cramp, weight, imprisonment, obstruction, obstacle, decrease, interdict, check, stoppage, repression, arrest, impediment

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British Dictionary definitions for straitjacket

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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straitjacket 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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