Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A box with a built-in lock; a safe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A box of strong and durable construction, fitted with a lock, used for the purpose of protecting valuable items, such as money or jewelry; a strongbox.

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

  • n. a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables

Etymologies

From lock +‎ box. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mocked for repeatedly using the term lockbox to suggest that funding for Social Security and Medicare should be untouchable, Gore was caricatured, not without reason, as a finicky policy wonk.

    House of Bush, House of Saud

  • My key for my smaller lockbox is on my car key-ring.

    On Children, Parents, And Guns

  • Gore wanted to put the surplus in a "lockbox" - sort of like those savings accounts that average Americans are supposed to build up for themselves, but, to the enduring consternation of sages such as Greenspan, they never seem to build.

    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • The venerable comedy institution has been known to move the cultural dial with some of its depictions, whether it was the spring sketch that famously declared the media to be "in the tank" for Barack Obama or its 2000 impersonation of Al Gore as a "lockbox" - brandishing scold.

    Gawker: Defamer

  • Under the agreement, the developers also gave Anglo Irish a so-called lockbox provision, where rent payments starting this month are sent to an address controlled by the bank, rather than to an account controlled by the developers.

    Cuomo Reviews New Apthorp Deals

  • When I woke up, I remembered how Al Gore was viciously mocked for his "lockbox" campaign theme, everywhere from SNL skits to mainstream debate coverage: "He must have used the word 'lockbox' about 20 times."

    Lockbox

  • Is he sort of, Al Gore, putting Barack Obama in what some might call a lockbox by saying, 10 years, only clean energy?

    CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2008

  • The idea of utilizing the Social Security surplus to retire bonds, the so - called lockbox, there's going to be a lot more fiscal stimulus to boost the economy and boost confidence.

    CNN Transcript Sep 12, 2001

  • In contrast, the so-called lockbox passed by the House contains legislative loopholes that leave the surplus vulnerable and would not add a single day to the life of Social Security or Medicare.

    Letter From John Podesta To Dennis Hastert

  • The congressional majority's current plan and its so-called lockbox would fail to protect the Social Security surplus from being spent, and it would not add a day to the Social Security trust fund.

    Remarks Of The President At Signing Of Veto Of Tax Bill

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