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blue box

noun
1.
an electronic device used by phone phreaks to send out signals that unlock long-distance telephone circuits.
Origin of blue box
1975-1980
1975-80
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  • "And if I can't find the blue box I'll get along without it," he told himself.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Then we perched, some on my fence and some on the blue box that held the garden hose.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • He spent another hour in hunting for the blue box, but without success.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • The wreck of the blue box was left behind, for it was rusty and worthless.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • And when they get our package, and take out that pink or blue box, they'll be as pleased as if we'd made them a present.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • "Yes, Joe, all in the blue box—the papers and the money—And the blue box is—is—" Again the sufferer began to cough.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for blue box

blue box

noun
1.
(Canadian) a blue plastic container for domestic refuse that is to be collected and recycled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue box

blue box

noun phrase

An electronic device enabling one to make long-distance telephone calls without paying: the alleged use of an electronic ''blue box'' to avoid telephone tolls (1970s+ College students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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blue box in Technology

operating system
The complete implementation of the Mac OS run-time environment on the more modern Rhapsody operating system. Blue Box is not an emulation layer; at any given time it will be based on the same source code and ROM image as the current version of Mac OS and will thus incorporate future Mac OS improvements.
(1997-10-15)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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