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cookie jar

a jar or other container for storing cookies.
such a container used for storing money.
have one's hand in the cookie jar, Informal. to take or attempt to take advantage of one's position by demanding or accepting favors or bribes:
They suspected the mayor's assistant had his hand in the cookie jar.
Origin of cookie jar
1940-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Even the tiny tots wipe off the cookie-jar, after they've raided it," he said.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • Elly was there again, in the empty pantry, before the cookie-jar.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • She did hope this wouldn't be one of those awful days when Aunt Hetty's old Agnes had let the cookie-jar get empty!

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Slang definitions & phrases for cookie-jar

cookie jar

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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