snake pit

or snake·pit


noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. snake in the grass,
  2. snake juice,
  3. snake lily,
  4. snake mackerel,
  5. snake oil,
  6. snake plant,
  7. snake river,
  8. snake's head,
  9. snake's-head,
  10. snake-bird

Origin of snake pit

First recorded in 1945–50

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