American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A toy consisting of a clownlike puppet that springs out of a box when the lid is activated.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See jack-in-a-box.
- n. Children’s toy where a figure pops out of a small box.
- n. obsolete A con-man who deceived tradesmen by substituting empty boxes for others full of money.
- n. plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
“Thomas Mugridge popped out of his galley like a jack-in-the-box.”
“He is a jack-in-the-box the way he pops into the chair.”
“The man had come upon him like the eruption of a jack-in-the-box.”
“She knew the huge, twenty-foot, spring snake coiled inside the camera and ready to leap out like a jack-in-the-box when Dick squeezed the bulb.”
“I think a middle-aged man with a big paunch straddling a motorcycle looks like a jack-in-the-box before it springs—all rolled up in himself.”
“The bead will pop into your vision like a jack-in-the-box.”
“The crank clicked as Fancy turned it, like a jack-in-the-box, only instead of hearing music, they saw the image of the happy place on the screen projected onto the four walls, and then the ceiling and the floor.”
“A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it.”
“To further hammer this point home, we are also treated to a flashback where a young girl at a birthday party is given a jack-in-the-box that was obviously purchased at a failed toy store H.R. Giger tried to open.”
“It may be set in the vicious world of academia, but Cedar has a lot of fun throwing up notes and lists like "5 things you should know about Professor Uriel Schkolnik" or picturing the popular academic popping up like a jack-in-the-box on a map when he's giving six lectures in six different locations on a popular religious holiday.”
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