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booby hatch

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

First recorded in 1830–40
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Related Words for booby hatch

bedlam, madhouse, bughouse, nuthouse, sanatorium, sanitarium

British Dictionary definitions for booby hatch

booby hatch

noun
  1. a hoodlike covering for a hatchway on a ship
  2. US offensive, slang a mental hospital
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