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shadow box

noun

  1. a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.


shadow-box

verb

  1. boxing to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
  2. to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etc

    he's just shadow-boxing



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Derived Forms

  • ˈshadow-ˌboxing, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of shadow box1

First recorded in 1905–10
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Example Sentences

The big stones formed a sort of shadow box, causing the markings to appear in bold relief.

One day we took the board out and had it framed under glass, with a double, deep-shadow box.

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