Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An oblong box, usually made of cardboard, for holding a pair of shoes.
  • n. Something resembling or suggestive of such a box, as a plain, rectangular building or a cramped room or dwelling.

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  • n. The box in which shoes are sold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oblong rectangular (usually cardboard) box designed to hold a pair of shoes
  • n. a structure resembling a shoebox (as a rectangular building or a cramped room or compartment)

Etymologies

shoe +‎ box (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The shoebox is the most cost-effective tax-saving device ever invented.

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  • Inside the shoebox was a stack of letters in vellum envelopes addressed in a curt, clean handwriting that must have been his.

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  • What does the phrase "a shoebox in a Giant's closet" mean to you?

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  • It's the high-tech equivalent of what accountants ruefully call shoebox or shopping bag clients, ones who show up with a chaotic pile of receipts that a CPA has to then sort through.

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  • Bearing in mind that we would quite like to lump All Of Youse in 'dance' into one, five letter word shoebox and pretend there are no sub-shoeboxes - mainly because we don't really know/cannot be arsed to check what all of those micro-genres are.

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  • Jeff Green, former Computer Gaming World Editor-in-Chief and the host of the panel, once wrote that he thought a rotting dead rat in a shoebox was a better value at $20 than the game

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  • The NanoSAR is a 2-pound system about the size of a shoebox, which is a couple orders of magnitude lighter than most SAR systems.

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  • The rules for what can and can't be put in a shoebox are the same.

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  • The auburn-hued 885-seat concert space, which sits directly underneath the Petronas Towers, is a clever homage to the "shoebox" designs of 19th-century European halls.

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  • You can then give people a code that lets them view, download and print the images in your 'shoebox' and add their own pictures.

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