poor box

noun

Definition of poor box 

: a box (as in a church) for alms for the poor

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At a time when many films are rushing to blame Rotten Tomatoes and reviewers for their poor box-office returns, this is a refreshing strategy. Laura Bradley, HWD, "What Mother! Learned from Gossip Girl," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of poor box

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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