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boxcar

[boks-kahr] /ˈbɒksˌkɑr/
noun
1.
Railroads. a completely enclosed freight car.
2.
boxcars, a pair of sixes on the first throw of the dice in the game of craps.
adjective
3.
Informal. extremely or disproportionately large:
The business had boxcar profits during its first year.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; box1 + car1
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British Dictionary definitions for boxcars

boxcar

/ˈbɒksˌkɑː/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a closed railway freight van
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Word Origin and History for boxcars

boxcar

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for boxcars

boxcars

noun
  1. A throw of two sixes (1900s+ Crapshooting)
  2. Very large shoes (1940s+)

boxcar

modifier

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

noun

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

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


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