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 (bŭg′hous′) Offensive Slang
An institution for the mentally ill.
Mentally deranged; crazy.

[Probably from bug, enthusiast.]
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a mental hospital or asylum
insane; crazy
[C20: from bug1 + (mad)house]
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n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)

adj. Slang. n.
1. an insane asylum.
2. insane; crazy.
[1890–95, Amer.]
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[ˈbʌghaʊs] N (bughouses (pl)) [ˈbʌghaʊzɪz] (US) (= asylum) → casa f de locos, manicomio m
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One of the fellows that works at the stable--you've seen 'm--Henderson--he lives around the corner on Fifth--he says she's bughouse."
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