procrustean bed

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procrustean bed (plural procrustean beds)

  1. An arbitrary standard to which compliance is enforced.
    • Felix Frankfurter, New York v. United States, 331 U.S. 284, 353 (1947) (dissenting):
      The Procrustean bed is not a symbol of equality.

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