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  • n. Plural form of butter-box.

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Examples

  • At noon, we sat about in the shade of the trees along the wall, and ate delicious cold food from the butter-boxes and baskets our men-folks had brought over during the forenoon lull; and we assiduously offered

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • 'Don't be afraid, my butter-boxes, 'cried Stubb, casting a passing glance upon them as he shot by;' ye'll be picked up presently -- all right -- I saw some sharks astern -- St. Bernard's dogs, you know -- relieve distressed travellers.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • In a farce, acted at Brussels, a courier was introduced, carrying the doleful news, that the Palatinate would soon be wrested from the house of Austria; so powerful were the succours, which, from all quarters, were hastening to the relief of the despoiled Elector: The King of Denmark had agreed to contribute to his assistance a hundred thousand pickled herrings, the Dutch a hundred thousand butter-boxes, and the King of England a hundred thousand ambassadors.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • It ordinarily happened in the spring, as if people had taken all winter to get used to parting with their possessions; and then wagons of every sort came from whatever region the county paper had reached, and families brought their lunches in butter-boxes and went about scrutinizing the household gear that was to come under the hammer, glad at last to know what the house walls had really held; or they visited with their neighbors in little groups.

    Country Neighbors

  • a window in the closet, and had a fine rummage among the sugar-buckets, butter-boxes, and milk-pans.

    The Louisa Alcott Reader: a Supplementary Reader for the Fourth Year of School

  • a hundred thousand pickled herrings, the Dutch a hundred thousand butter-boxes, and the king of England a hundred thousand ambassadors.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I.

  • "Don't be afraid, my butter-boxes," cried St.bb, casting a passing glance upon them as he shot by; "ye'll be picked up presently -- all right -- I saw some sharks astern -- St. Bernard's dogs, you know -- relieve distressed travellers.

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

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