a Procrustean bed

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.
See also: bed, Procrustean

a Procrustean bed

something designed to produce conformity by unnatural or violent means.
In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a robber who tied his victims to a bed, either stretching or cutting off their legs in order to to make them fit it.
1998 Spectator Intellectuals often employ their intellects for foolish purposes, forcing facts onto a Procrustean bed of theory.
See also: bed, Procrustean
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There's not a question to be had in the Epistle lesson (2 Cor 6:1-13), and, in keeping with the caution at the beginning of last Sunday's Helps, we should not construct a Procrustean bed to force this lesson into a single theme with the other two.
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To end with my beginning: Long in a gallery is Long in a procrustean bed, far from the eternal verities of nature and solitude that he loves, just another post-Minimalist artist whose novel signature material happens to be mud, and, more esoterically, walks.
The virtue of his paintings is that they undermine the naive effect of transparent pattern that was a staple of the pattern painting of the '70s--the sense of pattern as a procrustean bed into which painterly gesture must fit--without giving gesture absolute authority, that is, without demanding that the grid unconditionally surrender to and subsume its geometry in gesture.
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