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[boks-kahr] /ˈbɒksˌkɑr/
Railroads. a completely enclosed freight car.
boxcars, a pair of sixes on the first throw of the dice in the game of craps.
Informal. extremely or disproportionately large:
The business had boxcar profits during its first year.
Origin of boxcar
1855-60, Americanism; box1 + car1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boxcar
  • Every once in a while, a brightly colored boxcar cheerily reaffirms the value of studying the humanities.
  • Imagine you are a train-yard operator who sees an out-of-control boxcar running down a track that five workers are repairing.
  • Surprised, the night watchman ran to a boxcar for shelter.
  • Former neighbors recalled him as the first horseman out of the boxcar in the famous train robbery scene in the movie.
  • The decedent had opened the boxcar door to access the load of rolls of paper for unloading.
  • Each identical boxcar could represent a monomer and the whole train would represent the polymer chain.
  • The locomotive consisted of an upright steam engine mounted in a boxcar with chain drive.
British Dictionary definitions for boxcar


(US & Canadian) a closed railway freight van
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Word Origin and History for boxcar

1856, American English, from box (n.1) + car.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boxcar



In high numbers: boxcar odds (1950s+ Gambling)


A large cargo aircraft or bomber (WWII Army Air Forces)

[modifier sense from the high numbers seen on the sides of railroad boxcars]

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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