Madhouse



[mad-hous] /ˈmædˌhaʊs/

noun, plural madhouses
[mad-hou-ziz] /ˈmædˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a hospital for the confinement and treatment of mentally disturbed persons.
2.
a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.:
The office was a madhouse today.
/ˈmædˌhaʊs/
noun (informal)
1.
a mental hospital or asylum
2.
a state of uproar or confusion
n.

1680s, from mad + house (n.). Figurative use by 1919.

noun

A scene of confusion: a madhouse at the grocery store

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