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straitjacket

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noun strait·jack·et \ˈstrāt-ˌja-kət\

Simple Definition of straitjacket

  • : a jacket that has long arms which can be tied together behind someone's back and that is used to control the movements of a violent prisoner or patient

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of straitjacket

  1. 1 :  a cover or overgarment of strong material (as canvas) used to bind the body and especially the arms closely in restraining a violent prisoner or patient

  2. 2 :  something that restricts or confines like a straitjacket

1814

First Known Use of straitjacket

1814

Variants of straitjacket

also

straightjacket


2

straitjacket

transitive verb strait·jack·et

Definition of straitjacket

  1. :  to confine in or as if in a straitjacket



1863

First Known Use of straitjacket

1863

Variants of straitjacket

also

straightjacket


Medical Dictionary

straitjacket

noun strait·jack·et

Medical Definition of straitjacket

  1. :  a cover or garment of strong material (as canvas) used to bind the body and especially the arms closely in restraining a violent prisoner or patient



Variants of straitjacket

also

straightjacket

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