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snake pit

or snake·pit

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noun Informal.
  1. a mental hospital marked by squalor and inhumane or indifferent care for the patients.
  2. an intensely chaotic or disagreeable place or situation.

Origin of snake pit

First recorded in 1945–50
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Historical Examples

  • He cut three red strips from his back, and cast him into the snake-pit.

    The Norwegian Fairy Book

    Clara Stroebe