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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Example sentences
Rigid labour and product markets, and membership of the euro, have imprisoned
  it in an economic-policy straitjacket.
Yet this budgetary straitjacket is oblivious to market demands and it risks
  missing opportunities.
The regulatory straitjacket that characterises the taxi industry may have been
  fitted for valid reasons.
Having seen finance wreak havoc, the temptation will be to bind it in a
  regulatory straitjacket.
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