straitjacket

noun
strait·​jack·​et | \ ˈstrāt-ˌja-kət How to pronounce straitjacket (audio) \
variants: or less commonly straightjacket

Definition of straitjacket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cover or overgarment of strong material (such as canvas) used to bind the body and especially the arms closely in restraining a violent prisoner or patient
2 : something that restricts or confines like a straitjacket

straitjacket

verb
variants: or less commonly straightjacket
straitjacketed also straightjacketed; straitjacketing also straightjacketing; straitjackets also straightjackets

Definition of straitjacket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to confine in or as if in a straitjacket

First Known Use of straitjacket

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straitjacket was in 1814

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straitjacket

noun

English Language Learners 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

straitjacket

noun
strait·​jack·​et
variants: also straightjacket \ ˈstrāt-​ˌjak-​ət How to pronounce straightjacket (audio) \

Medical Definition of straitjacket

: 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

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