from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long-sleeved jacketlike garment used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent patient or prisoner.
  • noun Something that restricts, hinders, or confines.
  • transitive verb To restrain, restrict, or hinder by or as if by confining in a straitjacket.

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  • noun 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.
  • noun A metaphor used to describe a range of situations seen as (unpleasantly?) confining or restricting.
  • verb literally To put someone into a straitjacket.
  • verb by extension To restrict the freedom of, either physically or psychologically.


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From strait and jacket



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