the booby hatch

Definition of the booby hatch

informal + often offensive

  1. :  a hospital for people who are mentally ill

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an awkward foolish person :  dope

    :  any of several tropical seabirds (genus Sula) of the gannet family

  1. :  a small door or opening (as in an airplane or spaceship)

    :  an opening in the deck of a ship or in the floor or roof of a building

    :  the covering for such an opening

  1. :  to produce young by incubation

    :  to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa

    :  to give forth young or imagoes

  1. :  an act or instance of hatching

    :  a brood of hatched young

  1. :  to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material

    :  to mark (as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines

  1. :  line

    :  one used to give the effect of shading

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capable of being understood in two ways

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