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Definition of straitjacket
a strong garment with long sleeves that can be tied together to confine the arms of a violent prisoner or mental patient. used in reference to something that restricts freedom of action, development, or expression:the government is operating in an economic straitjacket
verb (straitjackets, straitjacketing, straitjacketed) [with object]
restrain with a straitjacket. impose severely restrictive measures on (a person or activity):the treaty should not be used as a tool to straitjacket international trade
can also be spelled straightjacket
: both are correct.