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shoebox

or shoe box

[ shoo-boks ]

noun

  1. an oblong cardboard box of a standard size used to package a pair of shoes for sale.
  2. any house, building, or other construction likened to a shoebox because of its shape or cramped area.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of shoebox1

First recorded in 1855–60; shoe + box 1

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Example Sentences

As it is for those who toil away at day and sleep in shoeboxes at night.

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Roughly the size of a shoebox and lighter than a case of beer, it’s easy to pack along with camping gear and move around without too much effort.

Not in this specific prison, with its silent guards and its windows papered over to create the feeling, Navalny says, of living inside a shoebox.

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I sent the girls on a backyard mission to collect as many nature treasures as they could fit in a shoebox.

The unit is the size of a large shoebox and it’s designed to fit easily under your bed.

“Not a big seller,” she says, pulling out a shoebox with a few Benedict tokens.

He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal.

I looked down at the shoebox-sized container in front of me.

PF: We have an old shoebox full of Polaroids of the ones who didn't make it.

When I returned the head barber handed me quite a large box—a shoebox—with a string tied round it.

He left the box, walking off into the gathering crowd, and this mastodon seemed to spring into being where the shoebox had been.

When she returned, hopeless and hungry, to her seat there was a neatly wrapped shoebox lying on the dusty plush cushion.

“We have a whole shoebox full of them at the post,” Lunt yelled to him above the din.

We were hungry; so we spread out the shoebox lunch on one of the Cluny-lace covers and ate it, mostly in silence.

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