Straitjacketed

straitjacket

[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.
verb (used with object) Also, strait-jacket.
3.
to put in or as in a straitjacket: Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.


Origin:
1805–15; strait + jacket

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straitjacket (ˈstreɪtˌdʒækɪt)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket

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straitjacket strait·jack·et or straight·jack·et (strāt'jāk'ĭt)
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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