Definition of straitjacket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstreɪtdʒakɪt/
(also straightjacket)


1A strong garment with long sleeves which can be tied together to confine the arms of a violent prisoner or mental patient.
Example sentences
  • And we were taken to be strapped together in an all-in-one straitjacket.
  • 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.
1.1A severe restriction on freedom of action, development, or expression: the government is operating in an economic straitjacket
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb (straitjackets, straitjacketing, straitjacketed)

[with object]
1Restrain with a straitjacket.
Example sentences
  • We have been locked in seclusion, placed in restraints, chemically and physically straitjacketed, lobotomized, shocked and beaten because we protested too much.
  • In terms of the film's representations of Billie, straitjacketed and screaming, she is presented metaphorically as a swaddling baby as she cries out for care.
1.1Impose severely restrictive measures on (a person or activity): the treaty should not be used as a tool to straitjacket international trade
More example sentences
  • His argument is simply that there is a delicate balance between being prepared, and being straightjacketed.
  • Interestingly, the employees do not work in a rigid, straitjacketed fashion.
  • The façade never quite resolves its identity crisis, and the rigid design straitjackets other intimations of a hidden life.

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