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.
From strait and jacket (Wiktionary)