sweat·​box ˈswet-ˌbäks How to pronounce sweatbox (audio)
: a place in which one is made to sweat
especially : a narrow box or cell in which a prisoner is placed for punishment
: a device for sweating something (such as hides in tanning or dried figs)

Examples of sweatbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the photos of the joint, Howard’s definitely looks like a sweatbox, and AceMo came prepared. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 22 Aug. 2023 Those sweatbox sessions turn addicts into athletes, and athletes into CrossFit assassins. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2023 During a recent weekend stay in what is called the Dwarf’s Room — probably because the entrance to the bathroom is, for some reason, about four feet high — the heat was either off, and the room freezing, or on, and the room a sweatbox. David Segal, New York Times, 1 May 2023 How Beau gets home, eventually, provides the quest in writer-director Ari Aster’s sweatbox of anxieties. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 In this rickety sweatbox club, several micro-generations of musicians divined an experimental fusion of hip-hop, electronic, jazz, R&B and psychedelia. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 A year later, grander aspirations pushed him to open The Black Lodge, a thumping, subterranean sweatbox set clandestinely beneath Michelin-star chef Wayne Nish’s BL Burger Bar. Dan Q. Dao, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The organizers’ long-term concern is the heat and humidity that turn Tokyo into a sweatbox in the summer. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Feb. 2020 This underground sweatbox is a rite of passage for many Sydney clubbers. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, 19 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweatbox was in 1864

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“Sweatbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatbox. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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