the booby hatch

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the booby hatch

informal + often offensive
: a hospital for people who are mentally ill

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : the covering for such an opening

  1. : to produce young by incubation

  2. : to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa

  3. : to give forth young or imagoes

  1. : an act or instance of hatching

  2. : a brood of hatched young

  1. : to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material

  2. : to mark (something, such as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines

  1. : line


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