booby hatch

noun

Definition of booby hatch 

1 : a raised framework with a sliding cover over a small hatch on a ship

2 : a psychiatric hospital

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Its young are referred to as a hatch of boobies, or, more popularly, a booby hatch. Alicia Armstrong, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Zoo's tortoise could live for a century, unless sun gets him first," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of booby hatch

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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