icebox

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From ice +‎ box.

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icebox (plural iceboxes)

  1. A box or compartment containing ice. [from 19th c.]
  2. (UK) A compartment in a refrigerator that is colder than the rest of the refrigerator and is used as a freezer.
  3. (US) A refrigerator. [from 20th c.]
  4. (US slang) A prison. [from 20th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 53:
      ‘The sister ran after them and brought them back and had Owen heaved into the icebox.’

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icebox (not comparable)

  1. agreeable, awesome. (as a superlative of cool)
    • 1982, Alexei Sayle, The Young Ones [1]
      MIKE: Yeah, yeah, so. So we'll forget about the rent, we'll pay you another time, is that cool?
      BALOWSKI: Yes, that's absolutely icebox! See you later, Ford Anglia!