- 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
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Examples from the Web for boxcars
One day all of us who were able to walk were made to fall in and march over to the railroad, where we were loaded into boxcars.Andersonville, Volume 4
A heavy frost developed that night and the troops almost froze in the boxcars.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
Bunny and Sue crossed the street and walked along the string of boxcars, looking into those the doors of which were open.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South
Laura Lee Hope
A figure was running along the top of the boxcars toward the engine, looking frantically over his shoulder every few minutes.Ticktock and Jim
The company, which controls the railroad spur, also has control too over the boxcars that are on the track.Blue Ridge Country
- US and Canadian a closed railway freight van
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Word Origin and History for boxcars
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