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Meaning of straitjacket

strait•jack•et

Pronunciation: (strāt'jak"it), [key]
— n.
  1. a garment made of strong material and designed to bind the arms, as of a violently disoriented person.
  2. anything that severely confines, constricts, or hinders: Conventional attitudes can be a straitjacket, preventing original thinking.
—v.t.
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