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noun (n)

  • anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines (noun.cognition)
    They defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket.
    The government is operating in an economic straitjacket.
    source: wordnet30
  • a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: straightjacket
    source: wordnet30
  • A dress of strong materials for restraining maniacs or those who are violently delirious. It has long sleeves, which are closed at the ends, confining the hands, and may be tied behind the back. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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