bughouse

adjective
bug·house | \ˈbəg-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of bughouse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

slang

: mentally deranged : crazy

bughouse

noun

Definition of bughouse (Entry 2 of 2)

slang

: an asylum for the mentally ill

Examples of bughouse in a Sentence

Adjective

anyone would go bughouse after spending a week with her relatives

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At the end of Fletcher Knebel's novels, the bughouse president resigns and the coup is foiled. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Is Trump Actually in Charge? Or Is It Worse Than We Feared?," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bughouse

Adjective

1887, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

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