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Procrustean bed

A standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality.  Synonyms: procrustean rule, procrustean standard.

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... our rich inheritance of the world's accumulated knowledge, and evolve from it the answers to the necessities of our own individual development. As boys we were not cribbed by any exact logic and hard common sense, which must stretch us a little later on a Procrustean bed, and we were free to grow as we would and to stand on the highest level of noble thought and heroic deed. The writers whom we read with avidity were those who ennobled us: in those days youth was the era of a high romanticism, and our authors did ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878. • Various

Words linked to "Procrustean bed" :   procrustean rule, measure, criterion, standard, procrustean standard, touchstone

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