booby hatch


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booby hatch

n.
1. Nautical A raised covering over a small hatchway.
2. Offensive Slang An institution for the mentally ill.

booby hatch

n
1. a hoodlike covering for a hatchway on a ship
2. offensive slang US a mental hospital

boo′by hatch`


n.
1. (on a vessel) a small companion secured over a deck opening.
2. Slang.
a. an insane asylum.
b. jail.
[1830–40]

booby hatch

- First a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily removable.
See also related terms for hatch.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booby hatch - pejorative terms for an insane asylumbooby hatch - pejorative terms for an insane asylum
mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital, insane asylum, asylum, institution - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
References in classic literature ?
The only breaks-- and no beams had been cut for them--were the main cabin skylight and companionway, the booby hatch for'ard over the tiny forecastle, and the small hatch aft that let down into the store-room.
You're a booby, so I'll put you in a booby hatch (asylum).
The first lady has some moral issues with her husband's political machinations, but he's got an answer for that, too: Using her history of mental illness, he threatens to put her away in a booby hatch and pump her so full of drugs she won't know her own