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boob tube

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noun Informal.
  1. television.
  2. a television set.

Origin of boob tube

First recorded in 1965–70; rhyming coinage, from the notion that television programming is foolish, induces foolishness, or is watched by foolish people
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British Dictionary definitions for boob tube

boob tube

noun slang
  1. a close-fitting strapless top, worn by women
  2. Australian a strapless, boneless, shapeless brassiere made of a stretch fabric
  3. mainly US and Canadian a television receiver
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Word Origin and History for boob tube

n.

"television set," U.S. slang, by 1965, from boob "stupid person" + slang tube (n.) "television, television programming," because the sets really did have vacuum tubes in them once upon a time.

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