booby hatch


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hatch \Hatch\, n. [OE. hacche, AS. h[ae]c, cf. haca the bar of a
   door, D. hek gate, Sw. h[aum]ck coop, rack, Dan. hekke
   manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of
   something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. Heck,
   Hack a frame.]
   1. A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set
      with spikes on the upper edge.
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            In at the window, or else o'er the hatch. --Shak.
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   2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
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   3. A flood gate; a sluice gate. --Ainsworth.
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   4. A bedstead. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott.
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   5. An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse
      which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway;
      also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in
      closing such an opening.
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   6. (Mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
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   Booby hatch, Buttery hatch, Companion hatch, etc. See
      under Booby, Buttery, etc.

   To batten down the hatches (Naut.), to lay tarpaulins over
      them, and secure them with battens.

   To be under hatches, to be confined below in a vessel; to
      be under arrest, or in slavery, distress, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Booby \Boo"by\ (b[=oo]"b[y^]), n.; pl. Boobies (-b[i^]z). [Sp.
   bobo dunce, idiot; cf. L. balbus stammering, E. barbarous.]
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   1. A dunce; a stupid fellow.
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   2. (Zool.)
      (a) A swimming bird (Sula fiber or Sula sula) related
          to the common gannet, and found in the West Indies,
          nesting on the bare rocks. It is so called on account
          of its apparent stupidity -- unafraid of men, it
          allows itself to be caught by a simple and undisguised
          approach. The name is also sometimes applied to other
          species of gannets; as, Sula piscator, the
          red-footed booby; and Sula nebouxii, the
          blue-footed booby.
      (b) A species of penguin of the antarctic seas.
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   Booby hatch
      (a) (Naut.), a kind of wooden hood over a hatch, readily
          removable.
      (b), an insane asylum. [Colloq.]

   Booby hut, a carriage body put upon sleigh runners. [Local,
      U. S.] --Bartlett.

   Booby hutch, a clumsy covered carriage or seat, used in the
      eastern part of England. --Forby.

   Booby prize, an award for the poorest performance in a
      competition; hence, metaphorically, the recognition of a
      strikingly inferior or incompetent performance.

   Booby trap
      (a), a schoolboy's practical joke, as a shower bath when a
          door is opened.
      (b), any concealed device causing surprise or injury when
          a usually harmless object is touched; -- in military
          operations, typically containing an explosive charge.
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