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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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The NEU's Josie Whiteley told delegates: "School budget cuts and post-16 under-funding over the last decade has led to education being forced into a straitjacket, with a tight focus on English, maths and science - and the wider curriculum being ignored.
"There was a scary moment when the straitjacket was stuck round my neck and I thought there was a chance I couldn't get out.
According to the paper, a straitjacket is a garment of strong material used to bind the body, closely restraining the movements of a violent, usually insane, person who could harm himself or others.
TIED UP: Simon Key in the straitjacket he'll use to hang from the West Orchards dome; SHACKLED: Harry Houdini
Now, although she is disturbed by the way film and television have become more extreme, she does not want a return to the straitjacket of Fifties Britain.
In that ponderous, over-designed and environmentally destructive book, S, M, L, XL, Rem Koolhaas talks about the Generic City, which is liberated from the captivity of center, from the straitjacket of identity ...
In I'm Going Slightly Mad (1992), set to the Queen song, Beacom wears a straitjacket and assumes the role of a madman.
Bound by the straitjacket of dogma, Soviet analyses of international relations have not usually been taken seriously by western scholars.
It was the straitjacket at home to PSV, not the bad defending away to Wolfsburg on Tuesday, when Van Gaal decided to attack, that doomed United to Thursday nights in the Europa League.
Rob Roy Collins will attempt to escape from a straitjacket while suspended by his ankles from a helicopter above Niagara Falls.
And Tory MP Caroline Spelman has also criticised the plans, saying Solihull will be placed in a "straitjacket".