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sandwich board

two connected posters or signboards that hang in front of and behind a person and usually bear some advertisement, notice, exhortation, or the like.
Origin of sandwich board
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Already he bowed his broad shoulders, his head of ambrosial locks, as if ready to receive the leather yoke of the sandwich board.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • To me she is a dear transparent soul with her whole purport printed on the surface like a sandwich board.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • The turnstiles were blocked by a sandwich board: Mickey in a Ben Franklin wig and bifocals, holding a trowel.

British Dictionary definitions for sandwich board

sandwich board

one of two connected boards, usually bearing advertisements, that are hung over the shoulders in front of and behind a person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sandwich board

sandwich board

noun phrase

A board bearing advertising messages and worn one in front and one behind by a sandwich man (1864+)

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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