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shadow box

noun
1.
a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.
Also called shadow box frame.
Origin of shadow box
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for shadow-box

shadow-box

verb (intransitive)
1.
(boxing) to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
2.
to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etc: he's just shadow-boxing
Derived Forms
shadow-boxing, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadow-box
n.

protective display case, 1892, from shadow (n.) + box (n.1).

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