sand·box | \ˈsan(d)-ˌbäks \

Definition of sandbox 

: a box or receptacle containing loose sand: such as

a : a shaker for sprinkling sand on wet ink

b : a box that contains sand for children to play in

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Here are five takeaways: A good night for Eric Holder What in the world is Barack Obama's former attorney general doing playing in the sandbox of Wisconsin politics? Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin special elections: Five takeaways in races that saw Democrats win one and GOP win another," 13 June 2018 The game’s sandbox of emergent stories is built on the danger of being cornered by zombies in the dark and the scarcity of resources that forces you into that situation. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing," 22 May 2018 Mulvaney provided little detail about the sandbox project, but said the bureau is looking at what some states have done and is working 'very closely' with the CFTC. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: White House offers mixed messages with latest about-face on tariffs," 30 May 2018 The defenses require attackers to chain together two or more exploits: one executes malicious code, and a separate exploit allows the code to break out of the sandbox. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Blunder burns unicorn attack that exploited Windows and Reader," 19 May 2018 In fact, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos stands out in the tech and media sandboxes as one founder who has not endowed himself and his heirs with special voting rights. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "What CBS’s Boardroom Blood Feud Says About TV," 1 June 2018 For 2018, an oversized sandbox makes the whole space feel like an urban beach, complete with food trucks, a bar, an art gallery, pavilion and hammocks, with nods to the city’s shipping history in the form of shipping containers. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "10 reasons why Montreal is your perfect playground," 25 May 2018 The chickens have since been fenced in the back, with a long run, and the sandbox now belongs entirely to them. Allison Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "My Kid Literally Ate Chicken Poop When I Turned Away For 5 Seconds—Here’s Why I’m Still A Good Mom," 19 Jan. 2018 While neither Blunt nor Villeneuve are returning, co-leads Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin are coming back with even bigger profiles after going off to play in the billion-dollar sandboxes of Avengers and Star Wars. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Director Didn't Consult with Denis Villeneuve on the Sequel," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of sandbox

1572, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sandbox

: a low box filled with sand that children can play in


sand·box | \ˈsand-ˌbäks \

Kids Definition of sandbox

: a large low box for holding sand especially for children to play in

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