Definitions

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  • n. a small hatchway in the deck of a ship
  • n. a lunatic asylum or similar institution

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Examples

  • Between the booby-hatch and the wheel, sitting up and rocking back and forth with wringings of hands and wavings of arms, tears of agony bursting from his eyes, was Buckwheat.

    CHAPTER XLIX

  • This afternoon, standing above the open booby-hatch, I heard her laugh ring out as in the old days coming down the Atlantic.

    CHAPTER XLIII

  • Also, this opening commands the wheel, which is a scant fifteen feet away and directly across the booby-hatch.

    CHAPTER XLVII

  • And while they hesitated and stared at the aperture that alternately closed and opened with the swinging of the door, the booby-hatch, situated between chart-house and wheel, erupted.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • While this was going on, all in flashing fractions of seconds, Bert Rhine was cautiously inspecting the lazarette through the open booby-hatch.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • Bert Rhine abandoned his inspection of the booby-hatch, and, with the second mate, the latter still carrying his empty Smith & Wesson, sprang into the press about the chart-house door.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • Mr. Pike emerged from the booby-hatch and with an unaimed shot brought down Bill Quigley, one of the "bricklayers," who fell at my feet.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • Also, as the second mate manoeuvred to port on top of Number Three hatch for his last shot, I know that I saw Mr. Pike duck around the corner of the chart-house to starboard and get away aft and below by way of the booby-hatch.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • I heard the watches change, and was wide awake and reading when Mr. Pike came below by the booby-hatch and passed down my hail by my open door, on his way to his room.

    CHAPTER XXXVIII

  • As for himself, he took his stand beside the booby-hatch, where he could gauge the Elsinore, gaze to leeward, and keep his eye on the helmsmen.

    CHAPTER XXXVIII

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