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Procrustean bed

A situation or place that someone is forced into, often violently. In Greek mythology, the giant Procrustes would capture people and then stretch or cut off their limbs to make them fit into his bed. This new law creates a Procrustean bed designed to get those people deemed undesirable by the local government to move out of the neighborhood.
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Procrustean solution

Adjusting the facts to suit the situation. In Greek mythology, Procrustes (his name meant “stretcher”) lived in a roadside house in which he invited travelers for a meal and a night's rest. The guests stayed in a bed whose length, according to Procrustes, exactly matched anyone who slept in it. And it did—after the host stretched a smaller guest on a rack or chopped the legs off a taller guest until he fit the bed. This practice ended only when the hero Theseus killed Procrustes by giving him a dose of his own medicine. Someone who alters the facts by, for example, overestimating or underreporting data is said to offer a Procrustean solution.
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To refuse the Procrustean method, however, is to refuse personhood.
We used NTSys (Numerical Taxonomic and Multivariate Analysis System, 1998) to the calculate correspondence and principal-components analyses, and we used PROTEST (Peres-Neto, 2000) to calculate procrustean randomization tests.
Yet, a "one size fits all" approach is the Procrustean bed that RiskMetrics is seeking to impose with its new approach.
While I'm lolling on my Procrustean bed, I might add that I also find the phrase and the prospect opened up by "after film" a tad preemptive.
In this section, Bayliss argues convincingly that "the variety of texts and contexts often subsumed by the label 'courtly love' suggests that it is a procrustean term exercised by modern scholars to create a tradition out of disparate texts that have been taken out of their original contexts" (13).
That procrustean method of accommodation of alien knowledge led to several misrepresentations and quite often wrong interpretations and assumptions.
Still, their peripatetic day remains highly amusing, for old Dad is quite a character, while his son, dour and melancholic by comparison, rouses himself by and by from his procrustean bed of self-tormenting freedom to realize that he loves the old man, despite the differences time and temperament have wrought on their mutual regard.
Once again, it is the avoidance of Procrustean ideological templates that furnishes the dynamism of the conservative's vision.
Said's transgressions against sound thinking begin with the forcing of the discipline of Orientalism onto a Procrustean bed.
While the book, "A Whole New World: Great Insights into Transformation & Fulfillment-The Gospel of John," gives the appearance that it is going to help the reader work through the Gospel of John, and give a greater grasp of the Gospel and how it personally applies, instead the book is more of a reflection on the author's preconceived mold into which the chosen texts are made to fit like a Procrustean bed.
Regardless of its source, we can understand the procrustean threat of boxes for the poet who has always, in tact, favored Chinese boxes of poems like "Sleevenotes:" witness the "Little Ease" of "Brandywine" or these lines in "Perdu:" "They were breaking my legs so I would fit/when I came to and called for an end to it.
Every critic and supporter of the war will want to stretch or mutilate it to fit the Procrustean bed of their own particular position.
This techno-administrative language allows us to maintain what Pawley describes as a core contradiction in librarianship: that of freedom versus control, or, pertaining more directly to information literacy, of a promethean versus procrustean model for students.
The organizational principle, and indeed, the main agenda of Cantrell's book, is the rehabilitation of the Celtic-Southern thesis; as one might expect, it has a way of becoming the procrustean bed to which Cantrell returns with a kind of doomed, compulsive insistence.