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shoebox

or shoe box

[shoo-boks] /ˈʃuˌbɒks/
noun
1.
an oblong cardboard box of a standard size used to package a pair of shoes for sale.
2.
any house, building, or other construction likened to a shoebox because of its shape or cramped area.
Origin of shoebox
1855-1860
1855-60; shoe + box1
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  • We were hungry; so we spread out the shoebox lunch on one of the Cluny-lace covers and ate it, mostly in silence.

  • He left the box, walking off into the gathering crowd, and this mastodon seemed to spring into being where the shoebox had been.

    Political Application John Victor Peterson
  • When I returned the head barber handed me quite a large box—a shoebox—with a string tied round it.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
Word Origin and History for shoebox
n.

1860, from shoe (n.) + box (n.). In reference to a type of building from 1968.

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