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jack–in–the–box

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noun \ˈjak-ən-thə-ˌbäks\

Simple Definition of jack–in–the–box

  • : a toy that is a small box containing a clown or other figure which jumps up when the box is opened

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jack–in–the–box

plural

jack–in–the–boxes

or

jacks–in–the–box

  1. :  a toy consisting of a small box out of which a figure (as of a clown's head) springs when the lid is raised

1702

First Known Use of jack–in–the–box

1702


JACK–IN–THE–BOX Defined for Kids

jack–in–the–box

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noun \ˈjak-ən-thə-ˌbäks\

Definition of jack–in–the–box for Students

plural

jack–in–the–boxes

or

jacks–in–the–box

\ˈjak-sən-\
  1. :  a small box out of which a toy figure springs when the lid is raised




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