jack-in-the-box
noun (plural jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box) Date: 1702 a toy consisting of a small box out of which a figure (as of a clown's head) springs when the lid is raised

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  • Jack In The Box — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Jack et Box. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Jack in the box est le nom en anglais d un jouet appelé en français diable en boîte. Le terme peut faire… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jack in the box — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Jack et Box. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Jack in the box est le nom en anglais d un jouet appelé en français diable en boîte. Le terme peut faire… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jack in the Box — Fundación 1951 Fundador(es) Robert O. Peterson …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jack-in-the-Box — may refer to:* Jack in the box, toy * Jack in the Box (comics), fictional character * Jack in the Box, an American restaurant chain * Jack in the Box Effect, armored vehicle explosion modeMusic: * Jack in the box (composition) * Jack in the Box… …   Wikipedia

  • jack-in-the-box — Jack in a box Jack in a box 1. (Bot.) A tropical tree ({Hernandia sonora}), which bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated calyx. [1913 Webster] 2. A child s toy, consisting of a box, out of which, when the lid is raised, a figure… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jack-in-the-box — jack′ in the box or jack′ in a box n. pl. box•es a toy consisting of a box from which an enclosed figure springs up when the lid is opened • Etymology: 1545–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • jack-in-the-box — jack in the boxes N COUNT A jack in the box is a child s toy that consists of a box with a doll inside it that jumps out when the lid is opened …   English dictionary

  • Jack in the Box — steht für: Schachtelteufel, eine aus einer Schachtel springende Puppe Jack in the Box (Restaurant), eine US amerikanische Fast Food Kette Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselbe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • jack-in-the-box — jack in the ,box noun count a toy that consists of a box with a small man on a spring inside it. The man jumps up when the lid of the box opens …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jack-in-the-box — jack in the .box n a children s toy shaped like a box with a figure inside that springs out when the box is opened …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jack-in-the-box — 1560s, originally a name for a sharp or cheat, who deceived tradesmen by substituting empty boxes for others full of money [Robert Nares, A Glossary of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions, London, 1905]. As a type of toy, it is attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

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