- 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.
Origin of shadow box
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called shadow box frame.
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- boxing to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
- to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etche's just shadow-boxing
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Word Origin and History for shadow-box
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