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cookie jar

  1. a jar or other container for storing cookies.
  2. such a container used for storing money.
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  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.
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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