booby hatch


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n booby hatch pejorative terms for an insane asylum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Booby hatch (Naut) a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily removable.
    • Booby hatch See under Booby Buttery, etc.
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In literature:

He had slipped down the booby hatch into the big after-room and thence through the hallway to my room.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
They finally put him in the booby hatch, poor feller.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
Bless me, if it ain't fetched you one on your booby hatch and another on the conk, and bottled up your peepers as well!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
Mr. Langley, myself, and the skipper's dog, reclined upon the booby-hatch.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
They have us locked up in the booby hatch in Metropolita.
"Operation Earthworm" by Joe Archibald
The chances are we would all go to the booby hatch and Handlon would go to prison for Kell's crimes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Now, don't be a booby: You must be aware they're a precious Bad Hatch!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 9, 1887." by Various
They tried me and slammed me into the booby-hatch for six months; so I was on my way.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
Wyndham lounged at the tiller, Marston and Mabel sat under the booby hatch and talked quietly, while Flora, in the cockpit sang a song.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss