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madhouse

[mad-hous] /ˈmædˌhaʊs/
noun, plural madhouses
[mad-hou-ziz] /ˈmædˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a hospital for the confinement and treatment of mentally disturbed persons.
2.
a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.:
The office was a madhouse today.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; mad + house
Synonyms
2. bedlam, shambles.
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British Dictionary definitions for mad house

madhouse

/ˈmædˌhaʊs/
noun (informal)
1.
a mental hospital or asylum
2.
a state of uproar or confusion
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Word Origin and History for mad house

madhouse

n.

1680s, from mad + house (n.). Figurative use by 1919.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mad house

madhouse

noun

A scene of confusion: a madhouse at the grocery store


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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