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straitjacket

[streyt-jak-it] /ˈstreɪtˌdʒæk ɪt/
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
1805-1815
1805-15; strait + jacket
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British Dictionary definitions for strait-jacket

straitjacket

/ˈstreɪtˌdʒækɪt/
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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Word Origin and History for strait-jacket
n.

also straitjacket, 1814, from strait + jacket; earlier in same sense was strait-waistcoat (1753).

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strait-jacket in Medicine

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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