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cookie jar

a jar or other container for storing cookies.
such a container used for storing money.
have one's hand in the cookie jar, Informal. to take or attempt to take advantage of one's position by demanding or accepting favors or bribes:
They suspected the mayor's assistant had his hand in the cookie jar.
Origin of cookie jar
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was always an open sesame to the cookie jar and the apple barrel.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • "Before, when we put them in the cookie jar, they escaped," said Jeremiah.

  • Alec was fishing in the cupboard for the cookie jar when the vidiphone buzzed.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • Hortense quietly sneaked over to the cookie jar and peeked in.

  • I am sure I havent been at the cookie jar any more than usual this week, the twelve-year-old said.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
Slang definitions & phrases for cookie jar

cookie jar

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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