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poor box

noun
1.
a box, especially in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped.
Origin of poor box
1615-1625
1615-25
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  • Say, it wouldn't have been worse if I'd been caught robbin' a poor box.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But the poor box itself was to be pitied; it had come open in the fall, and all that was in it had naturally tumbled out.

    The Adventures of Herr Baby Mrs. Molesworth
  • The lid of the poor box he still preserves as a relic of the adventure.

  • Tells them “not to do it again,” and dismisses them with aid from the poor box and his blessing.

  • Oh, I'd much rather have the pennies for the poor box, so that I could ring my bell too.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • The thought, however, of a gold-rimmed vicar diminutive enough to enter font or poor box is somewhat staggering!

  • I was all ready to go, and I had got the coachman, who is an Englishman, to bring down my poor box and to fetch me a cab.

    The American Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for poor box

poor box

noun
1.
a box, esp one in a church, used for the collection of alms or money for the poor
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