booby hatch

plural booby hatches

Definition of booby hatch

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

First Known Use of booby hatch

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Oct 2021

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“Booby hatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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