- a box, especially in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped.
Origin of poor box
First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for poor box
"Ah, the closet is as safe as the poor-box," the old lady assured her.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
The concert was crowded and must have brought in a round sum to the poor-box.Louis Spohr's Autobiography
I'll try to find that young coxcomb; if I don't, I'll drop his money in the poor-box.Pride
Fancy a fellow like me making presents to the poor-box (vide sketch)!In Bohemia with Du Maurier
Two of the ruffians then proceeded to the church, broke open the poor-box, and took about 30 francs.
- a box, esp one in a church, used for the collection of alms or money for the poor
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