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Recent Examples of bandbox from the Web
But despite playing in the desert bandbox that is Chase Field, Arizona’s offense has lagged behind.
This ballpark will never be mistaken for a bandbox, but homers have been more prevalent in Little Havana this season than ever before.
The Padres were minor league, playing in a wonderful bandbox at the foot of Broadway called Lane Field.
Castro also knew that the wind blowing in would transform Wrigley Field, the brick-and-ivy bandbox, into a pitchers’ paradise and turn just about any fly ball into a carnival ride for fielders.
The field dimensions will not allow for the bandbox some people thought would favor home runs — the foul lines will be at least 320 feet.
Their phenomenal power display of April has carried into May, turning Citi Field — once a tormenting wasteland of warning-track flyouts — into a bandbox.
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Did You Know?
In the 17th century, the word band was sometimes used for ruffs, the large round collars of pleated muslin or linen worn by men and women of the time period, and the bandbox was invented for holding such bands. The flimsy cardboard structure of the box inspired people to start using its name for any flimsy object, especially a small and insubstantial one. But people also contemplated the neat, sharp appearance of ruffs just taken from a bandbox and began using the word in a complimentary way in phrases such as "she looked as if she came out of a bandbox." Today, "bandbox" can also be used as an adjective meaning "exquisitely neat, clean, or ordered," as in "bandbox military officers."
First Known Use of bandbox
Examples of bandbox in a Sentence
a small bandbox bed-and-breakfast decorated with taste and charm
First Known Use of bandbox
Synonymsantiseptic, neat, crisp, groomed, kempt, orderly, picked up, prim, shipshape, smug, snug, tidied, tidy, trig, trim, uncluttered, well-groomed
Antonymsdisheveled (or dishevelled), disordered, disorderly, messy, mussed, mussy, sloven, slovenly, unkempt, untidy
Related Wordsdapper, natty, saucy, smart, spiffy, spruce; immaculate, spick-and-span (or spic-and-span), spotless; rakish, sleek, streamlined, taut; organized, straight, systematic
Near Antonymsscruffy, seedy, shabby, slipshod, sloppy; dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, sordid, squalid; dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), rumpled, tousled, tumbled; disorganized, unsystematic
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