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box social

a social event, usually to raise funds, at which individually prepared and contributed box lunches or dinners are auctioned off to the participants, the highest bidder in each case often having the privilege of sharing the meal with its preparer.
Origin of box social
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The following night I went with my box-social friend to a ball.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • But when Imbert paid $10 for the teacher's box at a box-social held at the schoolhouse one night, the old-timers gaped.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl

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