sweatbox

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sweat +‎ box

Noun[edit]

sweatbox (plural sweatboxes)

  1. Any box or boxlike structure used to induce sweating, such as of hides or tobacco
    • 2009 January 31, Karen Collier, “Posties buckle in scorching heat”, Herald Sun:
      Australia Post has been accused of endangering staff with "sweatbox" uniforms and restricting earlier starts to save money.
  2. (US, slang) A prison cell
  3. (slang) A small nightclub packed to capacity where people get hot and sweaty.