loony bin
loony bin 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. 2000.

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  • 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 — noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum • Syn: ↑Bedlam, ↑booby hatch, ↑crazy house, ↑cuckoo s nest, ↑funny farm, ↑funny house, ↑madhouse, ↑nut house, ↑nuthouse, ↑ …   Useful english 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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