jack-in-the-box

noun \ ˈjak-ən-t͟hə-ˌbäks \

Definition of jack-in-the-box

plural jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box
: a toy consisting of a small box out of which a figure (as of a clown's head) springs when the lid is raised

First Known Use of jack-in-the-box

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JACK-IN-THE-BOX Defined for English Language Learners

jack-in-the-box

Definition of jack-in-the-box for English Language Learners

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


JACK-IN-THE-BOX Defined for Kids

jack-in-the-box

noun \ ˈjak-ən-t͟hə-ˌbäks \

Definition of jack-in-the-box for Students

plural jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box \ˈjak-sən-\
: a small box out of which a toy figure springs when the lid is raised


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