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Straight Jacket or Strait Jacket :

The old word “strait” (“narrow, tight”) has survived only as a noun in geography referring to a narrow body of water ("the Bering Strait") and in a few adjectival uses such as “straitjacket” (a narrowly confining garment) and “strait-laced” (literally laced up tightly, but usually meaning narrow-minded).

Its unfamiliarity causes many people to mistakenly substitute the more common “straight.”

See Also : Dire Straights or Dire Straits

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