straightjacket


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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

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Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota has labeled the standardized testing craze a "straightjacket" that is "channeling teaching to the kind of rote memorization drill that isn't education." Long-time educator and writer Frank Smith perhaps best captures the essential problem with testing when he contends that "there is one reason only for the insistent control of programmatic instruction and tests in classrooms.
If we had continued, I might well have been in a straightjacket by now!"
Trapped in a straightjacket of their own creation, the perfume companies find the gray market offers an easy way out.
Spain has over 50% of young people unemployed, It is in an economic straightjacket, can not manoeuvre its own way out.
Asda apologised for its "mental patient" costume which included a (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/509265/20130926/asda-mental-patient-halloween-costume-offensive.htm) blood-stained straightjacket and a meat cleaver .
"If you'd told me back in August we'd be where we are now, I'd have got you a straightjacket," he said.
As Europolitics had predicted, member states have put themselves in a straightjacket, self-imposed due to the austerity climate around Europe.
The Italian press has slammed what they claim is a return to the bureaucratic straightjacket of the Mussolini era.
Peter says: "Field Music had become a straightjacket for us whereby we enjoyed reasonable success and wanted to shift the expectation of ourselves really and not really get into that big, successful band thing and all it brings.
Glen Joseph, sharing the Buddy mantle on this tour with Oliver Seymour Marsh, presents the singer-songwriter as alternately a street-fighting man whose rock 'n' roll attitude busts out of his country and western straightjacket - a rebel with a chord if you like, and a goofy Texan version of Frank Spencer.
Trapped in a kind of chemical straightjacket, Clay can feel the surgery and hears secret conversations, which make him realise he's never meant to wake up.
Our historic gems should be celebrated and protected, but they should not become a straightjacket to the city's development - and they needn't be.
She said: "The only 'safe' place for a child is in a straightjacket in a padded cell and that's no life."
All it takes is one heartless eavesdropper to pick up the phone and, before you know it, you're being strapped into a straightjacket and hauled off by the men in white coats.
A highlight of the evening was daredevil escapologist Dave Southall freeing himself from a straightjacket while suspended from a 40ft crane.