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boob tube

noun, Informal.
a television set.
Origin of boob tube
1965-70; rhyming coinage, from the notion that television programming is foolish, induces foolishness, or is watched by foolish people Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for boob-tube

boob tube

noun (slang)
a close-fitting strapless top, worn by women
(Austral) a strapless, boneless, shapeless brassiere made of a stretch fabric
(mainly US & Canadian) a television receiver
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Word Origin and History for boob-tube

boob tube


"television set," U.S. slang, by 1965, from boob "stupid person" + slang tube (n.) "television, television programming," because the sets really did have vacuum tubes in them once upon a time.

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