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 for madhouse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Madhouse \Mad"house`\, n.
     1. An house or institution where insane persons are confined;
        an insane asylum; a bedlam; -- usually used in a
        deprecatory sense.
  
     Syn: Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny
          farm, funny house, insane asylum, loony bin, nuthouse,
          sanatorium.
          [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Hence: (fig.) A chaotic, raucus or highly disordered
        situation.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  madhouse
      n 1: pejorative terms for an insane asylum [syn: Bedlam,
           booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny
           farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house,
           nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit]

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