booby hatch

booby hatch

noun
1.
Nautical.
a.
a small hatch giving access to a ladder from the weather deck of a vessel to the interior of the hull.
b.
a small companion secured over a deck opening.
c.
a hoodlike hatch cover having a sliding top.
2.
Slang.
a.
an insane asylum.
b.

Origin:
1830–40

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booby hatch
 
n
1.  a hoodlike covering for a hatchway on a ship
2.  offensive, slang (US) a mental hospital

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booby hatch definition

[ˈbubi...]
  1. n.
    a mental hospital. : I was afraid they would send me to the booby hatch.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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