poor box

noun

Definition of poor box

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

Examples of poor box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Greenlee said that after three weeks in release, during which F.B.I. agents hounded exhibitors to pull the film, UA withdrew it from circulation, citing poor box office grosses. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "The Spy Movie That Upset the American Dream," 18 Sep. 2020 There was a poor box, into which people slid cash to help the needy, and, later, a food pantry. BostonGlobe.com, "Could the future of Catholicism be taking shape in this church basement? - The Boston Globe," 9 Oct. 2019 In 1987, the animated series spawned a movie, but it was released straight to video after the poor box-office performances of The Transformers and My Little Pony movies. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 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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“Poor box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20box. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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