false bottom



a horizontal partition above the actual bottom of a box, trunk, etc., especially one forming a secret compartment.

Nearby words

  1. false arrest,
  2. false bay,
  3. false bedding,
  4. false beechdrops,
  5. false blepharoptosis,
  6. false bread-fruit,
  7. false buckthorn,
  8. false card,
  9. false cast,
  10. false cirrus

Origin of false bottom

First recorded in 1790–1800

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Examples from the Web for false bottom

  • This is caused by using a false-bottom which is too low or because it is not well perforated.

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