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bug +‎ house


  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌɡhaʊs/
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bughouse (plural bughouses)

  1. (US, slang) A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc.
  2. (US, slang) A prison.
  3. (US, slang) A hospital, especially a lunatic asylum.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 277]:
      Well, he was ready for the bughouse, certainly.
  4. (South Africa, slang) A cheap and dirty cinema.

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bughouse (comparative more bughouse, superlative most bughouse)

  1. (US, slang) Crazy, insane.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 8, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 254:
      'Just what's up on this train? It seems bughouse to me.'
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1127:
      Ewball, man, that is some bughouse talk.