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[mad-hous] /ˈmædˌhaʊs/

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

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


A scene of confusion: a madhouse at the grocery store


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