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Meaning of madhouse

mad•house

Pronunciation: (mad'hous"), [key]
— pl. -hous•es
  1. a hospital for the confinement and treatment of mentally disturbed persons.
  2. a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.: The office was a madhouse today.
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