boob tube

boob tube

noun Informal.

Origin:
1965–70; rhyming coinage, from the notion that television programming is foolish, induces foolishness, or is watched by foolish people

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boob tube
 
n
1.  a close-fitting strapless top, worn by women
2.  (Austral) a strapless, boneless, shapeless brassiere made of a stretch fabric
3.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a television receiver

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boob tube
"television set," U.S. slang, mid-1960s, from boob "stupid person" + slang tube "television, television programming," because the sets really did have vacuum tubes in them once upon a time.
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