jack-in-the-box

noun
\ˈjak-ən-t͟hə-ˌbäks \
plural jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box

Definition of jack-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

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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jack-in-the-box

noun

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

: 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

noun
\ˈjak-ən-t͟hə-ˌbäks\
plural jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box\ˈjak-sən- \

Kids Definition of jack-in-the-box

: a small box out of which a toy figure springs when the lid is raised

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