from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long-sleeved jacketlike garment used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent patient or prisoner.
- n. Something that restricts, hinders, or confines: the straitjacket of bureaucratic paperwork.
- transitive v. To restrain, restrict, or hinder by or as if by confining in a straitjacket.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A jacket-like garment with very long sleeves which can be secured in place, thus preventing the wearer from moving his or her arms. Often used in psychiatric hospitals to prevent patients from injuring themselves or others.
- n. A metaphor used to describe a range of situations seen as (unpleasantly?) confining or restricting.
- v. To put someone into a straitjacket.
- v. To restrict the freedom of, either physically or psychologically.
He would come into a big city and hang himself upside down in a straitjacket from a skyscraper - but not just any building, usually the one that housed the major newspaper.
Too often, I fear, the straitjacket is what ends up coming across from the opera stage.
I mean, it's the best kind of long-term straitjacket.
It was not this so-called straitjacket that is the cause of today's euro crisis.
Otherwis known as a straitjacket, she added to herself.
Pinned to his straitjacket was a tag saying paranoid schizophrenic.
•Free the police and courts from the politically correct straitjacket which is stopping them from doing their jobs properly;
He condemned the increasing "straitjacket" of centrally imposed sentencing guidelines and said that the police were increasingly meting out justice "behind closed doors" by issuing cautions in criminal cases which would once have been placed before the courts.
Of course, all this is - as George Osborne put it recently - a "straitjacket" on whoever governs our country next.
During the cruel tortures in a "straitjacket," to escape from suffering, the protagonist "dies the small death": he is traveling through ancient epochs and countries and tells about his trips to the readers.
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