procrustean bed

noun

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

Examples of procrustean bed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Politics submits to constitutional law on a procrustean bed. Ian MacDougall, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of procrustean bed was in 1832

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“Procrustean bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procrustean%20bed. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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