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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Definitions for bandbox

  1. an area or structure that is smaller in dimensions or size than the standard: It's easy to hit home runs out of this bandbox.
  2. a lightweight box of pasteboard, thin wood, etc., for holding a hat, clerical collars, or other articles of apparel.

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Citations for bandbox
But no park fed his baseball soul as heartily as the small bandbox of Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. Lorenzo Carcaterra, Midnight Angels, 2010
There's promises there, sir, enough to fill a bandbox with… William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis, 1848
Origin of bandbox
The portmanteau bandbox entered English in the 1600s. It originally described a physical box where ruffs or collars, also called "bands" at that time, were stored, though it is currently used in a metaphorical sense.