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[streyt-jak-it] /ˈstreɪtˌdʒæk ɪt/
a garment made of strong material and designed to bind the arms, as of a violently disoriented person.
anything that severely confines, constricts, or hinders:
Conventional attitudes can be a straitjacket, preventing original thinking.
verb (used with object), Also, strait-jacket
to put in or as in a straitjacket:
Her ambition was straitjacketed by her family.
Origin of straitjacket
1805-15; strait + jacket Unabridged
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Examples from the web for straitjacket
  • 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.
  • Still other provisions impose an unnecessary straitjacket on the state's internal personnel practices.
  • Moreover, it would be impractical to place the bidding process in such a straitjacket, for reasons already stated.
  • We must find a way to contain these threats without putting a straitjacket on financial innovation and risk-taking.
  • The straitjacket of the prevailing approach meant that one understood neither the data processes nor the behavior of the economy.
  • It seems that the economic straitjacket has not really forced the hands of the politician to do the right policies.
British Dictionary definitions for straitjacket


Also called straightjacket. a jacket made of strong canvas material with long sleeves for binding the arms of violent prisoners or mentally ill patients
a severe restriction or limitation
(transitive) to confine in or as if in a straitjacket
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straitjacket in Medicine

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