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safety-deposit box

Origin of safety-deposit box
First recorded in 1925-30

safe-deposit box

or safety-deposit box

a lockable metal box or drawer, especially in a bank vault, used for safely storing valuable papers, jewelry, etc.
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I remember she told Graham the key was down in the safety-deposit box at the bank.


    Jane Abbott
  • As a matter of prudence, he had rented a safety-deposit box at the Crdit Lyonnais in which to keep it.

  • "I want to change my password," said the man who had for two years rented a safety-deposit box.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • "I want a safety-deposit box big enough to hold this," she said briefly, exhibiting the paper-wrapped packet.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • Scattergood took possession of this sentence and placed it in the safety-deposit box of his memory.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland

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