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tube, the

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tube, the

noun phrase

  1. Television, as an industry, a medium, a television set, etc: making a name for herself as a singer on the tube/ not a chance, unless you were back at the hotel watching on the tube (1959+)
  2. A police shotgun (1990s+ Los Angeles police)
  3. The inner curve of a big wave
  4. A can of beer

Related Terms

the boob tube, down the tube

[first sense a shortening of cathode ray tube or picture tube]

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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