boob tube


Definition of boob tube

1 chiefly US, informal + often disparaging : television usually used with the She 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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Examples of boob tube in a Sentence

They spent the evening in front of the boob tube. What's on the boob tube tonight?
Recent Examples on the Web Spotted on the likes of Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid, the boob tube is having a 2021 renaissance. Eliza Huber,, 18 Aug. 2021 But my favorite way to spend a day off is to just veg out and watch the boob tube. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 23 June 2021 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, 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, 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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29 Aug 2021

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“Boob tube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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