Found 2 items, similar to Booby hatch.
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Definition: booby hatch
n : pejorative terms for an insane asylum [syn: Bedlam
, crazy house
, cuckoo's nest
, funny farm
, funny house
, loony bin
, nut house
English → English
Definition: Booby 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
1. A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set
with spikes on the upper edge.
In at the window, or else o'er the hatch. --Shak.
2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
3. A flood gate; a sluice gate. --Ainsworth.
4. A bedstead. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott.
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.
6. (Mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
, Buttery hatch
, Companion hatch
, etc. See
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.
(b[=oo]"b[y^]), n.; pl. Boobies
bobo dunce, idiot; cf. L. balbus stammering, E. barbarous.]
1. A dunce; a stupid fellow.
(a) A swimming bird (Sula fiber
or Sula sula
to the common gannet, and found in the West Indies,
nesting on the bare rocks. It is so called on account
of its apparent stupidity -- unafraid of men, it
allows itself to be caught by a simple and undisguised
approach. The name is also sometimes applied to other
species of gannets; as, Sula piscator
; and Sula nebouxii
(b) A species of penguin of the antarctic seas.
(a) (Naut.), a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily
(b), an insane asylum. [Colloq.]
, a carriage body put upon sleigh runners. [Local,
U. S.] --Bartlett.
, a clumsy covered carriage or seat, used in the
eastern part of England. --Forby.
, an award for the poorest performance in a
competition; hence, metaphorically, the recognition of a
strikingly inferior or incompetent performance.
(a), a schoolboy's practical joke, as a shower bath when a
door is opened.
(b), any concealed device causing surprise or injury when
a usually harmless object is touched; -- in military
operations, typically containing an explosive charge.
[1913 Webster +PJC]