idiot box


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Examples of idiot box in a Sentence

she huffily declared that she wouldn't have an idiot box in her home
Recent Examples on the Web All those childhood years in front of the idiot box could now be considered research — a lifetime of training, cleverly disguised as sloth. Washington Post, "I’m signing off as TV critic, but here are six shows I’d happily watch again," 29 Dec. 2020 Sometimes, television gets insulted as a vast wasteland or idiot box., "TV during the COVID-19 crisis: What are we watching?," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of idiot box

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of idiot box was circa 1955

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17 Jan 2021

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“Idiot box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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