rubber room

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rubber room

slang A room in which the walls are padded. It is typically found in psychiatric institutions, where it houses one who is not mentally stable, in an effort to prevent self-harm. That patient kept banging her head against the wall, so she is now in a rubber room for her own safety.
See also: room, rubber
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Her spell in the rubber rooms cost city taxpayers more than $1 million, according to the New York Post.
Klein said he employs dozens of teachers whom he's afraid to let near the kids, so he has them sit in what are called rubber rooms.
The rubber room had been radically reduced by the time of Brill's book, from 744 to 83 teachers.
Sara Mosle, in her judicious review in the New York Times, notes that although 1 percent of the New York City teachers may have been in the rubber room, 20 percent of teachers quit after the first year, and 40 percent have left after three years.
4%, Unlocking Your Rubber Room (Langdon Street Press - available everywhere, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon) "is a humorous roadmap to get through career challenges with humility and dignity," Binder said.