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icebox

[ahys-boks] /ˈaɪsˌbɒks/
noun
1.
an insulated cabinet or chest with a partition for ice, used for preserving or cooling food, beverages, etc.
2.
Older Use. an electric or gas refrigerator.
3.
Nautical. an enclosed area in the bottom of a vessel through which sea water can be pumped up for use in the condenser in icy waters.
4.
Slang. an isolation cell in a prison.
Origin of icebox
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; ice + box1
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Examples from the Web for icebox
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  • He told Thea there were a few roses left in the icebox and he would get one.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • I have half a cold chicken in the icebox and a bottle of beer.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • Said 'he was as cool as an icebox during the whole engagement.'

  • You see, even this icebox seems like a friend after my experience in the States.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • The teachers got icebox, stove, and piano from a second-hand store.

    Across the Fruited Plain

    Florence Crannell Means
  • The heat is removed by it from the inside of an icebox for instance, and put outside, which is what is wanted.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The icebox gave me a cold Jumbo bottle and I turned on our little portable set.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • He stowed me away in a corner behind the icebox and in that corner I remained for the rest of the evening.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  • The general kept a syphon in the icebox, and his wife's tea, which he loathed, gave him his excuse.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • "Let's have the sarsaparilla," he whispered in Dot's ear, as the generous woman bustled away to the icebox.

British Dictionary definitions for icebox

icebox

/ˈaɪsˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a compartment in a refrigerator for storing or making ice
2.
an insulated cabinet packed with ice for storing food
3.
(US & Canadian) a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for icebox
n.

also ice-box, 1839, from ice (n.) + box (n.).

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

icebox

noun

  1. A solitary confinement cell; the HOLE: When a prisoner is sent to the ''icebox'' (1920s+ Prison)
  2. A prison (1920s+ Prison)
  3. The imagined place where persons and things are held in reserve; on the back burner: I got a left-hander in the icebox (1940s+)
  4. A very cold place: This building's an icebox (1940s+)
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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