mad house

madhouse

[mad-hous]
noun, plural madhouses [mad-hou-ziz] .
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:
1680–90; mad + house


2. bedlam, shambles.
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madhouse (ˈmædˌhaʊs)
 
n
1.  a mental hospital or asylum
2.  a state of uproar or confusion

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madhouse
1680s, from mad + house.
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