Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

cookie jar

See more synonyms for cookie jar on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a jar or other container for storing cookies.
  2. such a container used for storing money.
Show More
Idioms
  1. have one's hand in the cookie jar, Informal. to take or attempt to take advantage of one's position by demanding or accepting favors or bribes: They suspected the mayor's assistant had his hand in the cookie jar.
Show More

Origin of cookie jar

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cookie jar

Historical Examples

  • Elly was there again, in the empty pantry, before the cookie-jar.

    The Brimming Cup

    Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  • "Even the tiny tots wipe off the cookie-jar, after they've raided it," he said.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper

  • She did hope this wouldn't be one of those awful days when Aunt Hetty's old Agnes had let the cookie-jar get empty!

    The Brimming Cup

    Dorothy Canfield Fisher