Offensive An institution for the mentally ill.(noun)
Informal A place of great disorder and confusion.(noun)
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Use "madhouse" in a sentence
"The madhouse was the old Manor House in Clerkenwell which had belonged to the Earls of Northampton."
"Divil a word Id forget, and your face grinning always in front of my eyes, awake or asleep, til I do be thinking a madhouse is the proper place for me."
""A madhouse is the place for the man who wants to live ou'doors in the winter time; the poor-farm is too good for him.""