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a small hatch giving access to a ladder from the weather deck of a vessel to the interior of the hull.
a small companion secured over a deck opening.
a hoodlike hatch cover having a sliding top.


an insane asylum.

a hoodlike covering for a hatchway on a ship
(US, offensive, slang) a mental hospital

An insane asylum; mental hospital: King Bolden cut hair in the booby-hatch (1890s+)
(also booby hutch) A police station (1950s+ Underworld)


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