sweat·​box | \ ˈswet-ˌbäks How to pronounce sweatbox (audio) \

Definition of sweatbox

1 : a place in which one is made to sweat especially : a narrow box or cell in which a prisoner is placed for punishment
2 : a device for sweating something (such as hides in tanning or dried figs)

Examples of sweatbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organizers’ long-term concern is the heat and humidity that turn Tokyo into a sweatbox in the summer. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "Three women’s berths at stake at US marathon trials," 22 Feb. 2020 This underground sweatbox is a rite of passage for many Sydney clubbers. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Sydney," 19 Feb. 2020 The shanty smells like a century-old sweatbox, yet appears bereft of history that should properly reflect its age. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Jaime Munguia and Erik Morales combine to form Team Tijuana," 13 Sep. 2019 Before the stadiums around the globe, a sweatbox on the Sunset Strip. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer cram decades of hits into Whisky a Go Go," 11 Sep. 2019 The owners of Glasslands, a Kent Avenue sweatbox that closed in 2014, will make an encore with Elsewhere, a 24,000-square-foot performance space in Bushwick. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Where to Party in New York This Fall," 6 Sep. 2017 Adult transgressors spent days, or even months, in the sweatbox, a tiny windowless shack in which victims could only crouch on hands and knees. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’," 1 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of sweatbox

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sweatbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatbox. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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