straight jacket


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straight jacket

A stiff timber which is fixed to a wall so as to increase its rigidity and to reinforce it.
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He added: "It's clear Government has placed a financial straight jacket on Northumberland County Council and many councils around the country, more particularly in the north of England.
Magician Misty Lee Takes Beating in Straight Jacket, Makes Powerful Statement For Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Houdini, born Ehrich Weisz in Budapest, went on to become a global superstar, expanding his act with a range of original stunts including escaping from a Chinese water torture cell and squirming out of a straight jacket while dangling upside down.
But barrister Carl Gorton, said: "To straight jacket the court process removes the flexibility that is essential for this process to work effectively.
To support Plaid Cymru would be to give added strength to the anti-Tory cause whilst possibly enabling uss to break out of the controlling straight jacket, which this Labour Government has placed us in, when any measure such as the recent Assembly's desire to discontinue the sale of council houses, on being passed by Peter Hain and the House of Commons, was finally turned down by that non-elected body, the House of Lords.
I had forgotten that Marsden has years of experience in trying to land an astronaut, clad only in a flat cap, wellies and a straight jacket by direct route onto the moon via puddle jumping.
MANY may have thought a men's only fashion week will be about boring straight jacket suits or elaborate wedding couture.
The show won an award at the Fringe festival - for best use of a straight jacket - and is two hours of chaos and mayhem using a pile of red suitcases, a latex glove, a balancing peacock feather and portable sound effects with audience participation, puns and pantomime jokes all held together with some fine wit, quick repartee and infectious fun.
In a shocking moment, the frontman killed the baby before being put in a straight jacket and committed for his sins.
It is amazing that at a time when the French and German governments are moving towards the scrapping of their working hour limits, the UK is being 'bounced into' a straight jacket.
The Celtic Tiger hasn't just lost it a little - it's been sectioned and put in a straight jacket.