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pepperbox

[pep-er-boks] /ˈpɛp ərˌbɒks/
noun
1.
a small box with perforations in the top, for sprinkling pepper.
Also called pepper pot.
Origin of pepperbox
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; pepper + box1
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  • In the result one might be pardoned for some uncertainty as to which was coffee-pot and which pepper-box.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • She had her book upside down, putting the holes in the lid of the pepper-box.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • I suspect I should be the goose and she the pepper-box;—but we never could shape that course.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • “It—it looks like a—a pepper-box,” replied Rose, with some hesitation.

  • Hang the pepper-box to his nose, nurse, then he will be a cruet.

  • Everybody knows that the "pepper-box" is a very uncertain weapon.

  • There was a pepper-box without a stopper on the table in our cabin.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • I suspect I should be the goose, and she the pepper-box;—but we never could shape that course.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • “Give us time to get the lid off our pepper-box,” said Mendoza.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He handed the pepper-box to Tip, who had no difficulty in unscrewing the bottom.

Word Origin and History for pepper-box
n.

1540s, from pepper (n.) + box (n.1). Meaning "hot-tempered person" is from 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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