snake pit

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snake pit

n. Slang
1. A place full of disorder, lawlessness, and often malice.
2. A mental hospital, especially one that is overcrowded and chaotic.
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snake′ pit`

or snake′pit`,

1. a mental hospital marked by squalor and inhumane or indifferent care for the patients.
2. an intensely chaotic or disagreeable place or situation.
[after a novel with the same title (1946) by Mary Jane Ward (b. 1905), U.S. novelist]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snake pit - any place of pain and turmoilsnake pit - any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits";
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
2.snake pit - pejorative terms for an insane asylumsnake pit - 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
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