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1A strong garment with long sleeves which can be tied together to confine the arms of a violent prisoner or mental patient.

‘A quick strong jerk and the straitjacket burst up high into the air.’‘It"s one of the more panic-inducing screen sequences in memory: In a hospital morgue, a mental patient is trussed in a straitjacket and locked away in the airless dark of a body storage drawer.’‘After the treatment, we see her standing dazed in a straitjacket, muttering unintelligibly, her hair standing on end, sparks flying from her head.’‘The treatments comprised straightjackets, seclusion, insulin shock and electric shock treatment, that was it.’‘The author regularly seems less like a journalist interviewing a subject than a therapist who has foolishly removed her patient"s straitjacket so they can head off for a jaunt in the jungle.’‘I told Paul C. that there were no straitjackets or handcuffs involved in that performance, at all.’‘He once swam a mile with his hands and feet handcuffed together and did 12 lengths in a straitjacket.’‘She was known for choosing the most difficult assignments, caring for the terminally ill and even the deranged patients that often were brought in straitjackets.’‘Sometimes they put me in there without a straitjacket if I"m not too violent.’‘The empty sleeves are wrapped around the figure and stapled like a straitjacket.’‘He was on a gurney, all wrapped up in a straitjacket and his feet were chained together.’‘For good behaviour, I was allowed to go around without a straightjacket and even visit with some of the more sane patients.’‘Shirui, himself, was the one who strapped Lhee into a straightjacket and threw him into the mental hospital.’‘I thought of this as the men in white suits put the white straitjacket on me and shepherded me into a white vehicle leading me to a white building with shiny white linoleum floors, white walls and indeed white everywhere.’‘The pupils are hard at work and Blaine will be treated to a display including a lampshade which induces insanity, a multi-coloured straitjacket and a speech by each pupil explaining their work.’‘You probably want to know what it is like in a mental ward; you"ve never been there, and the only image you can conjure is what the movies show you: antiseptic white with straitjackets and rubber rooms.’‘Then he used them to make mini straitjackets for the twins.’‘The poisoned workers were taken from the plant in straitjackets, hallucinating, convulsing and screaming.’‘My dad asked whether this man should merely be removed from office, or whether he should be placed into a straitjacket immediately after.’
1.1Used in reference to something that restricts freedom of action, development, or expression.
‘the government is operating in an economic straitjacket’
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‘We must break through the mental straitjacket and realize that another world is possible.’‘We"ve got the government ordering us to zip up our mental straitjackets in public.’‘We have to be careful, as you would understand, putting straitjackets on either judges or counsel.’‘Men have long considered traditional marital roles ‘anemic and constricting,’ according to Real, and no longer being the sole breadwinner is a loosening of the straitjacket.’‘Slipping on a straitjacket of simplistic logic, we come to believe that the disorder must, or at the very least should, be overcome by an application of willpower.’‘Defining public use narrowly would put a straitjacket on governments in devising solutions to difficult social problems.’‘Of course I do not seek to put the trial judge in a straightjacket.’‘Of course this does not mean that the courts have to put their reasoning into the straitjacket of first construing the statute in the abstract and then looking at the facts.’‘Mr McNamara, for the defendant, submits that the Framework does not impose a straitjacket but that in any event the matter was approached correctly in terms of the flowchart in Figure 5.’‘What you had always done was to entomb your inner personal centre within the constricting straitjacket of certain words and formulae.’‘They quarantined the city workers" struggle, confining it within the political straitjacket of collective bargaining and appeals to the big business politicians.’‘The political straitjacket of the two-party system that has confined the American working class is objectively finished.’‘She refuses to let herself be confined in any of the old world"s many straightjackets.’‘The Commission, for its part, has generally not sought to impose any procedural straitjackets.’‘Yet they"re all built from the wiggle-room found inside the tightest of genre straitjackets.’‘It"s as if defensive coordinators have wiggled out of straitjackets and finally can turn the pages of their playbooks again.’‘They can step outside of the conformist straitjackets of their own culture and become hip, become cool.’‘By placing women in ideological straitjackets, both the feminist and traditionalist women"s groups have made themselves largely irrelevant to today"s women.’‘The author is so keen to break out of the straitjacket of conventional narrative that he forgets to include a plot.’‘Any form of independent resistance by workers, any attempt to break out of the straitjacket and control of the trade unions, is to be prevented under all circumstances.’