jack-in-the-box

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\ ˈjak-ən-t͟hə-ˌbäks How to pronounce jack-in-the-box (audio) \
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

First Known Use of jack-in-the-box

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Jack-in-the-box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-in-the-box. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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