loony bin

noun

Definition of loony bin

informal + now often offensive
: an institution providing care to mentally ill individuals : a psychiatric hospital

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Crazy stuff comes out of his mouth and people with butterfly nets make a circle because the loony bin might be the only place left for De Blasio and his make-believe politics. Fox News, "Spoiler alert: Moderates beat back progressives in primaries," 9 Aug. 2018 Drugs became a bigger and bigger problem, and there were more trips to more loony bins. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of loony bin

1919, in the meaning defined above

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