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in + box



in-box (plural in-boxes)

  1. A container in which all the papers to be dealt with are put.
  2. (computing) an electronic folder serving the same purpose.
  3. (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




in-box (third-person singular simple present in-boxes, present participle in-boxing, simple past and past participle in-boxed)

  1. (transitive) To put in (someone's) in-box.
    I just in-boxed you the presentation.


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