a regular rubber room, this deck was


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Раз Once the Sergeant and his dog boarded the schooner and were up on the ­deck—a regular rubber room, this deck was! Passengers, if that was what they were, were hanging over the railing and gesturing and jabbering at Nestor and the ­Sergeant..

Tom Wolfe. Back to Blood

The desk is of a scooner. What is rubber room in the context and what is it here for?
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    A rubber room (i.e. rubber-walled) is traditionally used in lunatic asylums, so that lunatics can bounce around without hurting themselves. (Not now in civilized use, but the phrase lives on colloquially.)
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