penalty box

[ pen-l-tee boks ]
/ ˈpɛn l ti ˌbɒks /
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Ice Hockey. an enclosed space adjacent to the rink for penalized players, the penalty timekeeper, the game timekeeper, and the official scorer: Prior to 1963, there was only one penalty box in each of the six NHL arenas.
a temporary punishment: I can’t go because I’ve been sent to the penalty box for missing another curfew. When we send our son to the penalty box, he knows to go straight to his room.
a chastisement or humiliation: If you dare voice an opposing opinion at these meetings, you end up in the penalty box.
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Origin of penalty box

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for penalty box

penalty box

soccer another name for penalty area
ice hockey a bench for players serving time penalties
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