Procrustean bed

a plan or scheme to produce uniformity or conformity by arbitrary or violent methods.
Also, procrustean bed.

after Procrustes, the bandit from Greek mythology who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. Unabridged
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procrustean bed

a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality [syn: procrustean standard
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