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shoebox

or shoe box

[shoo-boks] /ˈʃuˌbɒks/
noun
1.
an oblong cardboard box of a standard size used to package a pair of shoes for sale.
2.
any house, building, or other construction likened to a shoebox because of its shape or cramped area.
Origin of shoebox
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; shoe + box1
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  • We were hungry; so we spread out the shoebox lunch on one of the Cluny-lace covers and ate it, mostly in silence.

  • When I returned the head barber handed me quite a large box—a shoebox—with a string tied round it.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • He left the box, walking off into the gathering crowd, and this mastodon seemed to spring into being where the shoebox had been.

    Political Application John Victor Peterson
Word Origin and History for shoebox
n.

1860, from shoe (n.) + box (n.). In reference to a type of building from 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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