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straitjacket

noun strait·jack·et \ ˈstrāt-ˌja-kət \
variants: or less commonly straightjacket
Updated on: 21 Mar 2018

Definition of straitjacket

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

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First Known Use of straitjacket

1814

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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straitjacket

verb
variants: or less commonly straightjacket

Definition of straitjacket

: to confine in or as if in a straitjacket

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First Known Use of straitjacket

1863

in the meaning defined above

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STRAITJACKET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of straitjacket for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

straitjacket

noun strait·jack·et
variants: also straightjacket play \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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