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- n. Alternative form of poor box.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A receptacle in which money given for the poor is placed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box for receiving contributions of money for the poor, usually set at the entrance of a church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
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No, way, José: the object here is to name, shame and punish, not let them off with a pound out of the poorbox.
Young people preparing for confirmation might also be encouraged to deposit change they would otherwise spend on fripperies into a makeshift poorbox.
I have stolen from the poorbox, I've begged the city streets
-- Were you robbing the poorbox, Joe? says I. -- Sweat of my brow, says Joe.
He dhropped th 'kid at Father Kelly's feet, an' whipped off his long coat an 'wint tearin' f'r th 'dure, kickin' over th 'poorbox an' buttin 'ol' Mis 'O'Neill that'd come in to say th' stations.
They carry the train of the Virgin, assist the Apostles, act as ushers, occasionally pass the poorbox, make wreaths and crowns -- but, I am sorry to say, sometimes get into unseemly scuffles for first place.
Go in and stay as long as you choose; at the door is a poorbox and if you wish to put something in you can do so -- a sixpence most visitors put in, or a shilling if you insist upon it.
God has been good, and I will give St. James’s a thousand pounds for its poorbox.
Since you say you can, and you assure me you’re not setting fair for the poorbox, I’ll say no more.
Charles Dandurand’s companions, conducting themselves very correctly, dropped hundred-franc notes into the poorbox.