trunk-maker

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trunk-maker (plural trunk-makers)

  1. A person who builds large hinged boxes (trunks).
  2. (theater, obsolete) A critic who pounds upon the benches in a show of approval.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book IV, chapter vi
      This somewhat may be indeed resembled to the famous trunk-maker in the playhouse; for, whenever the person who is possessed of it doth what is right, no ravished or friendly spectator is so eager or so loud in his applause: on the contrary, when he doth wrong, no critic is so apt to hiss and explode him.