safe-deposit box

noun

Definition of safe-deposit box

: a box (as in the vault of a bank) for safe storage of valuables

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Examples of safe-deposit box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a proxy for value, an NFT isn’t much different from the words grandmother’s jeweled brooch on a list in your safe-deposit box or your insurer’s filing cabinet. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 4 Feb. 2022 The letter did state that if a customer has a safe-deposit box, the owner of the box will need to go to the Summit branch no later than Nov. 19 to remove the contents or call the bank to make other arrangements. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Fireblocks has developed what is effectively a safe-deposit box for cryptocurrencies, along with a crypto version of the Swift money-transfer network used by banks. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021 Dinklage is effective as a ruthless mobster who loves his (maybe) mother and the diamonds in her safe-deposit box. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Feb. 2021 Extremely important papers, insurance, deeds, etc., are in my safe-deposit box. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2020 After speaking with a conservator, Phelps put acid-free paper between the pages and put it in a safe-deposit box. Ben Simon St. Louis Post-dispatch, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Dear Readers: There are some documents, certificates and other valuable items that might be better held in your bank’s safe-deposit box rather than in a shoe box under the bed or in the closet at home. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2020 Today, the subject is what should stay out of the safe-deposit box. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of safe-deposit box

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of safe-deposit box was in 1870

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“Safe-deposit box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe-deposit%20box. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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