squawk box

noun Informal.
1.
the speaker of a public-address system or an intercom system; loudspeaker.
2.
an intercom system.

Origin:
1940–45

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squawk box definition


  1. n.
    a public-address system; a loudspeaker, especially if installed in a box or other housing. : A raspy voice came over the squawk box announcing the arrival of what we had been waiting for.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The last one is waist-high, smaller than the others, and resembles a stunted drive-through squawk box.
Chu's job today is to monitor the output from the squawk box.
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