procrustean :

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  • a  of or relating to the mythical giant Procrustes or the mode of torture practiced by him

  • The Porter score has been excised from several disparate musicals and fitted with procrustean zeal to the Barry play.
  • That psychic procrustean bed is being splintered by Ferraro's campaign.
  • Exceptions to this procrustean rule are rare enough to be newsworthy.

  • Vladimir Putin in RIA Novosti
    We do not deem it expedient to limit negotiations putting them into a Procrustean bed of a time schedule,Putin told journalists after talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
  • Samuel Alito in Boston Globe (registration)
    In the case, Alito wrote, the court was "engaging in the sort of procrustean construction which is common for the United States Supreme Court."

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