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[boks-kahr] /ˈbɒksˌkɑr/
Railroads. a completely enclosed freight car.
boxcars, a pair of sixes on the first throw of the dice in the game of craps.
Informal. extremely or disproportionately large:
The business had boxcar profits during its first year.
Origin of boxcar
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; box1 + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Behind the engine was a vehicle like a boxcar low hung on wheels.

    Automobile Biographies Lyman Horace Weeks
  • The boxcar which had been on the siding near the factory was gone.

  • Now he hurried to pass down the train to a boxcar with an open door.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • I went in and searched this boxcar out, and come out of there, and by that time they were already in the building, I supposed.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Blackie Bauer had been sitting in a boxcar with his legs sticking through the door when the train started with a jerk.

    The Altar at Midnight Cyril M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for boxcar


(US & Canadian) a closed railway freight van
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boxcar

1856, American English, from box (n.1) + car.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boxcar



In high numbers: boxcar odds (1950s+ Gambling)


A large cargo aircraft or bomber (WWII Army Air Forces)

[modifier sense from the high numbers seen on the sides of railroad boxcars]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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