Booby hatch

Booby hatch
Hatch Hatch, n. [OE. hacche, AS. h[ae]c, cf. haca the bar of a door, D. hek gate, Sw. h["a]ck coop, rack, Dan. hekke manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. {Heck}, {Hack} a frame.] 1. A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge. [1913 Webster]

In at the window, or else o'er the hatch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish. [1913 Webster]

3. A flood gate; a sluice gate. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]

4. A bedstead. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway; also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in closing such an opening. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine. [1913 Webster]

{Booby hatch}, {Buttery hatch}, {Companion hatch}, etc. See under {Booby}, {Buttery}, etc.

{To batten down the hatches} (Naut.), to lay tarpaulins over them, and secure them with battens.

{To be under hatches}, to be confined below in a vessel; to be under arrest, or in slavery, distress, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • booby hatch — n [singular] AmE old fashioned informal a mental hospital …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • booby hatch — n. 1. a covering over a small hatchway on a ship ☆ 2. Slang an institution for the mentally ill …   English World dictionary

  • booby hatch — [“bubi...] n. a mental hospital. □ I was afraid they would send me to the booby hatch. □ Don’t you mean send you back to the booby hatch? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • booby hatch — noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum • Syn: ↑Bedlam, ↑crazy house, ↑cuckoo s nest, ↑funny farm, ↑funny house, ↑loony bin, ↑madhouse, ↑nut house, ↑nuthouse, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • booby hatch — 1. Naut. a. a small hatch giving access to a ladder from the weather deck of a vessel to the interior of the hull. b. a small companion secured over a deck opening. c. a hoodlike hatch cover having a sliding top. 2. Slang. a. an insane asylum. b …   Universalium

  • booby hatch — noun Date: 1840 1. a raised framework with a sliding cover over a small hatch on a ship 2. a psychiatric hospital …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • booby hatch — boo′by hatch n. 1) naut. navig. naut. navig. (on a vessel) a small companion secured over a deck opening 2) sts Slang. a) an insane asylum b) jail • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • booby hatch — /ˈbubi hætʃ/ (say boohbee hach) noun 1. Nautical a wooden hood over a hatch. 2. US Colloquial a psychiatric hospital. 3. US Colloquial a jail …  

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