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icebox

[ahys-boks] /ˈaɪsˌbɒks/
noun
1.
an insulated cabinet or chest with a partition for ice, used for preserving or cooling food, beverages, etc.
2.
Older Use. an electric or gas refrigerator.
3.
Nautical. an enclosed area in the bottom of a vessel through which sea water can be pumped up for use in the condenser in icy waters.
4.
Slang. an isolation cell in a prison.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; ice + box1
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Examples from the web for icebox
  • We've put in electric lights, an icebox, and air-conditioning.
  • Food will not keep as long in the small fridges as it does in the average full-sized icebox.
  • He met his returning host, and together they went to raid the icebox.
  • In another corner of the room behind a screen was a gas plate and an icebox.
  • In simpler terms, if you're looking for an elephant in the house, the agents shouldn't be looking in the icebox.
British Dictionary definitions for icebox

icebox

/ˈaɪsˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a compartment in a refrigerator for storing or making ice
2.
an insulated cabinet packed with ice for storing food
3.
(US & Canadian) a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for icebox
n.

also ice-box, 1839, from ice (n.) + box (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for icebox

icebox

noun
  1. A solitary confinement cell; the HOLE: When a prisoner is sent to the ''icebox'' (1920s+ Prison)
  2. A prison (1920s+ Prison)
  3. The imagined place where persons and things are held in reserve; on the back burner: I got a left-hander in the icebox (1940s+)
  4. A very cold place: This building's an icebox (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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