straitjacket

noun
strait·jack·et | \ˈstrāt-ˌja-kət \
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

Examples of straitjacket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Crowds jammed shoulder to shoulder watched Houdini wriggle free from a straitjacket while suspended upside down. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Hamas is redirecting part of its human capital to serve its political objectives and find a way out of its Gaza straitjacket, while gaining a popular stance as defenders of the Palestinian national interest. Imad Alsoos, Washington Post, "Why Hamas is protesting in Gaza — and why it will continue," 8 Apr. 2018 The show includes one of Houdini’s original brown leather straitjackets and a rare recording of the magician’s voice, which was higher and lighter than might be expected from a man with such an intimidating stare. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Still, the Astros managed to writhe out of the straitjacket that entangled Morton. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pick up messy win over Rangers, clinch series," 10 June 2018 With their offense failing to ignite, ’Nova grinded its way to the Final Four with grit, determination, and straitjacket defense that would have made late ’Nova coach Rollie Massimino proud. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "Villanova’s ugly win was truly something to behold," 26 Mar. 2018 And all ideas for a substantial budget to help countries in the straitjacket of the euro adjust to shocks have been rejected. The Economist, "Italy needs to be handled with care," 31 May 2018 Multiple bands of fabric across the body suggest a straitjacket. Natalie Pompilio, Philly.com, "This Moore student uses her fashion designs to cope with PTSD and the effects of abuse," 8 May 2018 This approach is not appreciated by his boyfriend, Louis Ironson (a terrific James McArdle, who wears his character’s guilt like a scratchy straitjacket), a legal clerk prone to endless bloviation on morality and justice. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An ‘Angels in America’ That Soars on the Breath of Life," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But this tick somehow fell into a spider web, and the resident spider promptly straitjacketed its arachnid cousin in loops of silk, either to save it as a snack or to immobilize it as a precaution. National Geographic, "Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk Found Trapped in Amber—A First," 25 May 2018 Critics over the years have accused Muti of straitjacketing the music in the name of fidelity to the score, but there was no rigidity of pacing or phrasing here. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "In Salzburg, Muti's return to 'Aida' was worth the wait," 22 Aug. 2017 Highlights from previous eras, including the 1980s pinnacle of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, look shrunken and straitjacketed in comparison. John Branch, New York Times, "The Golden State Warriors Play the Beautiful Game," 25 Oct. 2016 This was long before the Corps of Engineers straitjacketed the once wide and slower-moving river. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "How Kansas City came to fear ‘Pest House Island’," 28 Apr. 2017

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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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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 \

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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