padded cell

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padded cell

dated A room in a psychiatric hospital that has padding on the walls to prevent patients from injuring themselves. If that patient is banging his head on the wall, move him to a padded cell so he doesn't hurt himself. Being inpatient in a psych ward today is a far cry from padded cells and straitjackets, at least in my experience.
See also: cell, pad
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