procrustean-bed

Procrustean bed

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


Origin:
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.

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procrustean bed

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