procrustean bed

noun, often capitalized P

Definition of procrustean bed

: a scheme or pattern into which someone or something is arbitrarily forced

First Known Use of procrustean bed

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Procrustean bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procrustean%20bed. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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