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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The box provided for the bruised or condemned types of a printing-house.

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Examples

  • On the occasion of the death of a certain tramp printer, whose name is now lost to us in the hell-box of time, no clergyman being found to perform the service, Henry George officiated, and preached a sermon which rang through the city like a trumpet-call, extolling not what the man was, but what he might have been.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers

  • If a man should write a book and in it make one of his characters say, "Here, devil, empty the quoins into the standing galley and the imposing stone into the hell-box; assemble the comps around the frisket and let them jeff for takes and be quick about it," I should recognize a mistake or two in the phrasing, and would know that the writer was only a printer theoretically, not practically.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • In printing-offices the broken, worn-out, and useless type is thrown into the “hell-box, ” to be recast at the foundry. [back]

    XXII. The Wrecks and the Waste

  • "Here, devil, empty the quoins into the standing galley and the imposing-stone into the hell-box; assemble the comps around the frisket and let them jeff for takes and be quick about it," I should recognize a mistake or two in the phrasing, and would know that the writer was only a printer theoretically, not practically.

    What Is Man? and Other Essays

  • "Here, devil, empty the quoins into the standing galley and the imposing stone into the hell-box; assemble the comps around the frisket and let them jeff for takes and be quick about it," I should recognize a mistake or two in the phrasing, and would know that the writer was only a printer theoretically, not practically.

    Is Shakespeare Dead? from my autobiography

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  • One encounters all types in a printing-house. The bruised and condemned are consigned to the hell-box.

    January 6, 2012