Definitions

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

  • n. A box in which something, such as hides or fruit, is fermented by sweating.
  • n. Slang A confined place where a person sweats, especially:
  • n. Slang An interrogation room.
  • n. Slang A prison cell used for special punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any box or boxlike structure used to induce sweating, such as of hides or tobacco
  • n. A prison cell
  • n. A small nightclub packed to capacity where people get hot and sweaty.

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

  • n. a device that causes tobacco leaves or fruit or hides to sweat
  • n. small or narrow cell

Etymologies

sweat +‎ box (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'I don't think the confines of a sweatbox are a very clever environment to honk up in.'

    Dead Famous

  • Since I lived in a fourth floor walk-up converted attic affectionately known as the sweatbox, I spent a lot of time on the first floor in Booge and Jarhead's dorm room.

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  • This special snowflake of the earth is very, very upset about the backlash after james ray's "sweatbox" in sedona.

    wwt, where t= tantrum.

  • D'Evelyn said sheriff's deputies at the scene learned those injured had been part of a larger group housed in a "sweatbox" type structure on the property.

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  • Police are conducting a homicide investigation into "sweatbox" deaths

    CNN.com

  • Two people died and were 19 injured after spending up to two hours inside this "sweatbox" at an Arizona resort.

    CNN.com

  • info on the coveted "sweatbox" is given and all people can do is complain about stealing bandwidth? get a life!

    The Hidden Documentary

  • So the local authorities have been busy investigating James Arthur Ray and his sweatbox, and some of the documents and details have been released to the media and public.

    still more on james arthur ray

  • La Macarena is Barcelona's underground gem – a diminutive, subterranean, rough-around-the-edges sweatbox of a club.

    Leo Pollock's 10 best clubs in Barcelona

  • The new facility, with air con, treadmills and an aerobics studio, bears little resemblance to the sparse and shabby termite-infested sweatbox above an off-licence that the brash young boxer, then named Cassius Clay, walked into five decades ago, and which eventually produced 12 world champions under Dundee's tutelage.

    Emotional 5th Street return for Muhammad Ali

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  • 'Stan slipped out of the sweatbox, quietly parted the curtains, stepped into the comparatively cooler air of the main tent, and sauntered over toward the soft drink stand.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012

  • In stamp collecting, a closed box containing dampened spongelike material, over which unused stamps that have become stuck together are placed on a grill. Humidity softens the adhesive and allows the stamps to be separated. A sweatbox is also used to remove used stamps from envelope paper.

    August 26, 2008