tall boy

tallboy

[tawl-boi]
noun
1.
English Furniture.
a.
a chest of drawers supported by a low stand. Compare highboy.
b.
a chest-on-chest.
2.
a tall chimney pot.
3.
a tall-stemmed goblet.
4.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 12,000-pound (5400 kg) British bomb of World War II, designed to penetrate the target or plunge deep into the ground before detonating.

Origin:
1670–80; tall + boy

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tallboy (ˈtɔːlˌbɔɪ)
 
n
1.  a high chest of drawers made in two sections and placed one on top of the other; chest-on-chest
2.  a fitting on the top of a chimney to prevent downdraughts
 
[C18: from tall + boy]

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tallboy
"high glass or goblet," 1676, from tall + boy, though the exact signification is unclear. In ref. to a high chest of drawers it is recorded from 1769, here perhaps a partial loan-transl. of Fr. haut bois, lit. "high wood."
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