Tom o'Bedlam

noun
Tom o'Bed·​lam | \ -əˈbedləm \
plural Tom o'Bedlams

Definition of Tom o'Bedlam

: a wandering mendicant either mad or feigning to be so : bedlamite

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History and Etymology for Tom o'Bedlam

Tom (nickname for Thomas) + o' + Bedlam, popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, England, an insane asylum

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“Tom o'Bedlam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tom%20o%27Bedlam. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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