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