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box office

noun
1.
the office of a theater, stadium, or the like, at which tickets are sold.
2.
Theater.
  1. receipts from a play or other entertainment.
  2. entertainment popular enough to attract paying audiences and make a profit:
    This show will be good box office.
Origin of box office
1780-1790
1780-90

box-office

[boks-aw-fis, -of-is] /ˈbɒksˌɔ fɪs, -ˌɒf ɪs/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the box office or to the business and commercial aspects of the theater:
a box-office window; box-office receipts; a box-office attraction.
Origin
1805-15; adj. use of box office
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  • Lady (to box office manager): Can you tell me what they are playing to-morrow night?

  • Mechanically he stepped within and approached the box office.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • They met Billy Fenstow at the box office and he handed them tickets for a few seats which had been reserved for his friends.

    Janet Hardy in Radio City Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • After the box office man had settled with the bill-poster there was only $5.25 in the drawer.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • When he walked right straight in, could you see the box office?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for box office

box office

noun
1.
an office at a theatre, cinema, etc, where tickets are sold
2.
the receipts from a play, film, etc
3.
  1. the public appeal of an actor or production: the musical was bad box office
  2. (as modifier): a box-office success
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Idioms and Phrases with box office

box office

1.
The office where seats for a play, concert, or other form of entertainment may be purchased, as in Tickets are available at the box office. It is so called because originally (17th century) it was the place for hiring a box, a special compartment of theater seats set aside for ladies. [ Second half of 1700s ]
2.
The financial receipts from a performance; also, a show's relative success in attracting a paying audience. For example, You may not consider it great art, but this play is good box office. [ c. 1900 ]
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