idiot box

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An allusion to the supposed mind-reducing nature of television programming or its lack of educational value.


idiot box ‎(plural idiot boxes)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US and Canada) Television.
    • 2003 March 31, Bill Litchfield, “Basketball Fans”, in rec.gardens, Usenet[1]:
      During the long, dreary, wet winter I amused myself by watching college and Pro basketball on the idiot box.

Usage notes[edit]

The same term could also have an application towards computer screens and tablets.