from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dress of strong materials for restraining maniacs or those who are violently delirious. It has long sleeves, which are closed at the ends, confining the hands, and may be tied behind the back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as straitwaistcoat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person
  • n. anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines


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  • And yet this movement freed architects from the drab strait-jacket of modernism, by offering a vastly expanded choice of ornament, massings and styles.

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  • It has survived despite the efforts of successive rulers and bureaucracies in Kabul to bring it within the strait-jacket of a modern nation-state, on the questionable assumption that the European construct of the nation-state was a summum bonum, a kind of political form of organization that is self-evident, a 'natural' culmination of all societies.

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  • And yet, he just decided to put Wisconsin into a fiscal strait-jacket, signing a bill Tuesday that would require a two-thirds supermajority in the state legislature or a state-wide referendum to raise a range of taxes.

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  • I, Darrell Standing, must now complete the amazingness of the details of this existence which I relived while unconscious in the strait-jacket in San Quentin prison.

    Chapter 19

  • The crusading San Francisco newspaper assured its working-class readers that San Quentin was whiter than snow, and further, that while it was true that the strait-jacket was still a recognized legal method of punishment for the refractory, that, nevertheless, at the present time, under the present humane and spiritually right-minded Warden, the strait-jacket was never, under any circumstance, used.

    Chapter 20

  • He gave me up as one who could not be killed in a strait-jacket.

    Chapter 20

  • No longer could I tread my starry path with that ineffable pristine joy, for my way was beset with dread of the inevitable summons that would rip and tear me as it jerked me back to my strait-jacket hell.

    Chapter 11

  • I recognized the sore as one of the sort caused by the strait-jacket.

    Chapter 20

  • If I don't break you, you'll break all strait-jacket records.

    Chapter 14

  • In this coherent, rational farm-region of my strait-jacket dreams the minor details, according to season and to the labour of men, did change.

    Chapter 8


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