loony bin

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loony bin was in 1919

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“Loony bin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loony%20bin. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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