booby hatch

noun

plural booby hatches
1
: a raised framework with a sliding cover over a small hatch on a ship
2
informal, often offensive : a psychiatric hospital
usually used with the

Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of booby hatch was in 1784

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“Booby hatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/booby%20hatch. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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