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“Take the box up to my room,” said the lady to a boy who appeared at this moment.

Now, come up to your room, sweetheart, and Bob'll bring your box up.

They carried the box up to the tent and locked it up in the big chest.

Put on your veil and gloves and hoist the box up into the tree.

"I don't know—look in that box up there," pointing to the top shelf.

Until I yield that box up to him I am safe, since he can only get it from me.

Kazu dropped to his knees and held our box up so that we might also see.

They've managed to get your box up all right, and I expect you'll be wanting to unpack.

Now go for a walk while I box up the last case of specimens.

Bunny raised the box up again, and held it there with the stick.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English box "a wooden container," also the name of a type of shrub, from Late Latin buxis, from Greek pyxis "boxwood box," from pyxos "box tree," of uncertain origin. See OED entry for discussion. German Büchse also is a Latin loan word.

Meaning "compartment at a theater" is from c.1600. Meaning "pigeon-hole at a post office" is from 1832. Meaning "television" is from 1950. Slang meaning "vulva" is attested 17c., according to "Dictionary of American Slang;" modern use seems to date from c.World War II, perhaps originally Australian, on notion of "box of tricks." Box office is 1786; in the figurative sense of "financial element of a performance" it is first recorded 1904. Box lunch (n.) attested from 1899. The box set, "multiple-album, CD or cassette issue of the work of an artist" is attested by 1955.

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