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a lightweight box of pasteboard, thin wood, etc., for holding a hat, clerical collars, or other articles of apparel.
an area or structure that is smaller in dimensions or size than the standard:
It’s easy to hit home runs out of this bandbox.
Historical Examples

She looks as if she had just stepped out of a bandbox of last century, thought Mary.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904 Lucy Maud Montgomery

He means to study for the ministry, and he has been lying by bandbox!
The World on Wheels and Other Sketches Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor

The door was opened, and there stood a little girl with a bandbox and bundle.
Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated Solon Robinson

With the bandbox in my hand, I descended the stairs, and paused in the hall to listen.
The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett

Polly carried the bandbox and bundle for them, and Betty took the box of ribbons.
A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas

You’d have said he came direct from Piccadilly in a bandbox.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 67, No. 416, June 1850 Various

bandbox after bandbox appeared, and when Agamemnon sat down upon his the applause was immense.
The Peterkin Papers Lucretia P Hale

The bandbox is not the worst that may come to one—when one is born to it.
Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker

Victorine muttered some unintelligible words, with her little bundle over her arm, like a milliner carrying a bandbox.
Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert

According to all accounts, the studio itself must have been as close as a bandbox.
Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge

a lightweight usually cylindrical box used for holding small articles, esp hats


A small or rural jail, esp one that seems easy to escape from

[1930s+ prison; fr the lightly built box formerly used by ladies to carry bits of finery]


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