jack-in-the-box

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English[edit]

A plastic jack-in-the-box.

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jack-in-the-box (plural jacks-in-boxes or jacks-in-the-boxes or jack-in-the-boxes or jacks-in-the-box)

  1. Children’s toy where a figure pops out of a small box.
  2. (obsolete) A con-man who deceived tradesmen by substituting empty boxes for others full of money.

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