idiot box


noun Slang.

a television set; television.

Nearby words

  1. idioplasm,
  2. idiosyncrasy,
  3. idiosyncratic,
  4. idiot,
  5. idiot board,
  6. idiot card,
  7. idiot savant,
  8. idiot strings,
  9. idiot tape,
  10. idiot's delight

Origin of idiot box

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for idiot box

idiot box

noun

slang a television set
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Idioms and Phrases with idiot box

idiot box

A television set, as in There they sit in front of the idiot box, hour after hour. This slangy and pejorative expression dates from about 1960.

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