a sauna or other enclosure for sweating.
any uncomfortably warm room or environment.
a box or cell in which a prisoner is punished or given the third degree.
a device for removing moisture from tobacco leaves, figs, raisins, etc.

1870–75; sweat + box1

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sweatbox (ˈswɛtˌbɒks)
1.  a device for causing tobacco leaves, fruit, or hides to sweat
2.  a very small pen or cubicle where a pig is fattened intensively
3.  informal chiefly (US) a narrow room or cell for a prisoner
4.  informal any place where a person sweats on account of confinement, heat, etc

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He was later put in a sweatbox for two weeks for breaking a guard's jaw.
It is probable that she will be put in the sweatbox.
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