- The idiom may have derived from the flag of Holland, which at the time had an orange stripe on top. (Wiktionary)
“He cut off a side, squeezed lime juice into his drink, then put the lime back in the refrigerator, cut side down, on top of the butter-box lid.”
“You may have seen many a quaint craft in your day, for aught I know; — square-toed luggers; mountainous Japanese junks; butter-box galliots, and what not; but take my word for it, you never saw such a rare old craft as this same rare old Pequod.”
“With a flump then he was down on the butter-box he kept for a seat.”
“The _Dutch_ of all ranks are fond of butter, and seldom is a journey taken without a butter-box in the pocket.”
“Dern'd 'f I'd' a 'come,' f I'd 'a' known th 'old butter-box was goin' to be s 'frisky.”
“She wanted us to come to her house, but it's the size of a butter-box, and stuffy; so she insisted on sending three quilts.”
“A little fire of twigs and a broken butter-box on the hearth made a pathetic shift at domestic cheer.”
“She was a lump of a thingwhat the sailors call a butter-box.”
“Law! don't you go to stirrin 'on him up," said Mrs. Solomon Page comfortably, putting on the cover of her butter-box, which had contained the family lunch.”
“He's the charley-pitcher for to handle this butter-box. ”
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