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straitjacket

noun [C usually singular] (also straightjacket)     /ˈstreɪtˌdʒæk.ɪt/
a strong piece of special clothing that ties the arms to the body and is used for limiting the movements of dangerous prisoners and mentally ill patients whose behaviour is violent : Brody was locked in a padded cell and forced to wear a straitjacket.Prisons and parts of prisonsCoats, jackets and cloaksScience of psychology and psychoanalysisMind and personality disapproving something that severely limits development or activity in a way that is damaging : He refused to be fitted into any ideological straitjacket.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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