Meaning of “padded cell” in the English Dictionary

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"padded cell" in British English

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padded cellnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌpæd.ɪd ˈsel/ us /ˌpæd.ɪd ˈsel/

a room in a mental hospital that has very soft walls to stop a seriously mentally ill person from hurting himself or herself

(Definition of “padded cell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)