loony bin

loony bin
pejorative terms for an insane asylum

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noun, pl ⋯ bins [count]
informal + offensive : a hospital for people who are insane
Loony bin is usually used in a joking way.

If you keep acting like that we'll have to send you off to the loony bin.

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ˈloony bin 7 [loony bin] noun (old-fashioned, slang)
a humorous and sometimes offensive way of referring to a hospital for people who are mentally ill

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  • loony bin — (l[=oo]n [y^] b[i^]n) n. An institution for the confinement or treatment of insane persons, such as an insane asylum or the psychiatric ward of a hospital. [slang] Syn: mental institution. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loony bin — n informal an expression meaning a hospital for people who are mentally ill, usually considered offensive = psychiatric hospital …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • loony bin — loony ,bin noun count an offensive word for a hospital for mentally ill people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • loony bin — [n] mental health facility bughouse*, funny farm*, insane asylum, madhouse*, mental hospital, mental institution, nut house*, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric ward, sanatorium; concepts 312,439,516 …   New thesaurus

  • loony bin — n. Slang an institution for the mentally ill …   English World dictionary

  • loony bin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms loony bin : singular loony bin plural loony bins an offensive word for a hospital for mentally ill people …   English dictionary

  • loony bin — n. an insane asylum; a mental hospital. □ I feel like I’m about ready for the loony bin. □ Today’s loony bins are far different from those of just a few decades ago …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • loony bin — mental hospital, nut house    If you ride that giraffe downtown they ll put you in the loony bin …   English idioms

  • loony bin — np Insane asylum. Loan you $5? You should be locked up in aloony bin! 1910s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • loony bin — n a hospital for the insane or mentally sub normal, an insane asylum . The most common slang expression for such an institution in the English speaking world since the end of the 19th century. In modern British parlance it is usually shortened to …   Contemporary slang

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