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shadow box

  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.
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Origin of shadow box

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called shadow box frame.
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British Dictionary definitions for shadow-box


verb (intr)
  1. boxing to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
  2. to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etche's just shadow-boxing
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Derived Formsshadow-boxing, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadow-box


protective display case, 1892, from shadow (n.) + box (n.1).

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