boob tube


Definition of boob tube

1 chiefly US, informal + often disparaging : television usually used with theShe also began walking instead of plopping down in front of the boob tube every night.— Deborah Gregory
2 chiefly British, informal : tube top … her stage outfit of camouflage hot pants, over-the-knee boots and a boob tube with the word "love" scrawled across it was a bit much …— Libby Callaway

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They spent the evening in front of the boob tube. What's on the boob tube tonight?
Recent Examples on the Web Later that summer, Lawrence Bommer wrote a slightly longer and more descriptive review of their act: When not spoofing channel surfing (a too frequent target), the Two White Guys' skits are decidedly better than the boob tube. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Comedy / Film Before Peele met Key or wanted to Get Out, he was onstage in Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "Show Biz Meltdown: Bombs Away!," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of boob tube

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boob tube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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