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Jack-in-the-box   /dʒæk-ɪn-ðə-bɑks/   Listen
Jack-in-the-box

noun
1.
Plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened.






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"Jack-in-the-box" Quotes from Famous Books



... a sudden, pop! right out of the solid earth among the daisies and buttercups, just like a jack-in-the-box, came Johnny Chuck! He looked very warm and a little tired, but he was still chuckling as he scampered across to ...
— Mother West Wind's Children • Thornton W. Burgess

... his clutch on the hatch it snapped back, and out over the closed doors of the companionway shot the Cap'n, a whiskered jack-in-the-box, gifted with vociferous speech. ...
— The Skipper and the Skipped - Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul • Holman Day

... the ghost of some old sin, the cancer of some concealed disgrace: punishment coming, pede claudo, years after memory has forgotten and self-love condoned the fault." And the lawyer, scared by the thought, brooded awhile on his own past, groping in all the corners of memory, lest by chance some Jack-in-the-Box of an old iniquity should leap to light there. His past was fairly blameless; few men could read the rolls of their life with less apprehension; yet he was humbled to the dust by the many ill things he had done, and raised up again ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

... they had reached the foot of the rock, when all at once, like a "Jack-in-the-box," a sentinel started up ...
— Off on a Comet • Jules Verne

... from them. Again, might he not harass her by constantly appearing to her at all times and all places and making all sorts of claims and demands? Again, might he not, with terrible ingenuity, use it in connection with some false key or some jack-in-the-box, or some dark-lantern, or something, in order to effect his escape; or might he not tell the story times without count to some wretched curiosity-hunters who would advertise her folly all over the country, to ...
— Stories by American Authors, Volume 6 • Various

... very much against his will; but the affront was so public, that he couldn't help himself. Upon which I shot him, with all the good-will in the world, and could he have jumped up again twenty times, like Jack-in-the-Box, I would have shot him every time. The dirty scoundrel! but there's an end of him. Nobody pitied him, for every one hated him; and the admiral only looked grave, and then was very much obliged to me for giving him ...
— Peter Simple and The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2 • Frederick Marryat

... over the floor. Feet shuffled. And then, like a jack-in-the-box, there popped through the opening a head ...
— Psmith, Journalist • Pelham Grenville Wodehouse



Words linked to "Jack-in-the-box" :   toy, plaything



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