packing case

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packing case (plural packing cases)

  1. A large, sturdy box or wooden crate used for the secure shipment of goods.
    • 1842, Charles Dickens, American Notes, ch. 4:
      In one place, there was a new wooden church, which, having no steeple, and being yet unpainted, looked like an enormous packing-case without any direction upon it.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, The End of the Tether, ch. 3:
      [T]he flat packing-case containing the portrait in oils and the three carbon photographs had been pushed under the bed.