Procrustes

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Procrustes

(prəʊˈkrʌstiːz)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it
[C16: from Greek Prokroustēs the stretcher, from prokrouein to extend by hammering out]

Pro•crus•tes

(proʊˈkrʌs tiz)

n.
(in Greek myth) a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.
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Noun1.Procrustes - (Greek mythology) a mythical giant who was a thief and murderer; he would capture people and tie them to an iron bed, stretching them or hacking off their legs to make them fit; was killed by Theseus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Procrustes

[prəʊˈkrʌstiːz] NProcusto
References in classic literature ?
Thus, however weary a man might be, he never liked to lie in the bed of Procrustes. Another of these robbers, named Scinis, must likewise have been a very great scoundrel.
The book is part of Taleb's multi-volume essay on uncertainty, titled the "Incerto." The collection also includes "Fooled by Randomness" (2001), "The Black Swan" (2007--2010), "The Bed of Procrustes" (2010--2016) and "Antifragile" (2012).
In a collection of aphorisms called The Bed of Procrustes, he wrote: "The characteristic feature of the loser is to bemoan, in general terms, mankind's flaws, biases, contradictions, and irrationality - without exploiting them for fun and profit."