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sweat +‎ box


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sweatbox (plural sweatboxes)

  1. Any box or boxlike structure used to induce sweating, such as of hides or tobacco
    • 2009 January 31, Karen Collier, “Posties buckle in scorching heat”, in Herald Sun:
      Australia Post has been accused of endangering staff with "sweatbox" uniforms and restricting earlier starts to save money.
  2. (US, slang) A jail cell.
  3. A small overheated cell or room used for solitary confinement or torture.
    • 2019, Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys, Fleet, page 143:
      In the summer of 1945, one young boy died of heart failure while locked in a sweatbox, a popular corrective at that time.
  4. (slang) A small nightclub packed to capacity where people get hot and sweaty.