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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɪnbɒks/, /ˈɪmbɒks/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɪnbɑks/, /ˈɪmbɑks/
in-box (plural in-boxes)
- A container in which all the papers to be dealt with are put.
- (computing) an electronic folder serving the same purpose.
- (figuratively) The aggregate of items that demand one's attention or effort.
- The kids, my ex, my parents, the job, bills — my in-box is full.
- 1999, Michael Szenberg, Passion and Craft: Economists at Work, page 187:
- Academic life, like any other, has a full in-box. A professor can stay busy answering his or her mail.
- 2002, Perry M. Smith, Rules & Tools for Leaders, page 122:
- Since your next job may not have a very full in-box or a very heavy schedule, and might lack some of the psychic rewards that your previous leadership job had, your state of depression may worsen.
- 2006, Sally Beare, (Please provide the book title or journal name), page 177:
- Our livers were never designed to have such a full in-box, and because most people are nutritionally deficient, the body also lacks the materials needed for detoxification
- (transitive) To put in (someone's) in-box.
- I just in-boxed you the presentation.