Straitjacket Definition

strātjăkĭt
straitjacket, straitjackets
noun
straitjackets
A jacketlike device with sleeves that bind the arms tight against the body: used, as in a psychiatric ward, to restrain persons in a violent state.
Webster's New World
Anything that confines or limits.
Webster's New World

A metaphor used to describe a range of situations seen as (unpleasantly?) confining or restricting.

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verb
To confine or restrict with or as with a straitjacket.
Webster's New World

(by extension) To restrict the freedom of, either physically or psychologically.

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Noun

Singular:
straitjacket
Plural:
straitjackets

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