snake pit

noun
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of snake pit

1 dated : a hospital for the mentally ill
2 : a place or state of chaotic disorder and distress

Examples of snake pit in a Sentence

  1. finally managed to crawl out of the snake pit of her drug addiction

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First Known Use of snake pit

1946

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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