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    the box: a television

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    the box
    British, informal: a television


    • Let's turn on the box and watch the game.



    Do American English speakers know that "the box" means a television?




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    Re: the box: a television

    Probably, but we'd be more likely to call it the ​tube.
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    Re: the box: a television

    Agree with GoesStation- TV used to look more like a box, but that was a while ago. I can well remember my mother saying, "Turn off that Squawk Box and go outside and play!"

    Oddly enough, TV no longer has tubes, either (tubes went away long before the box), but that idiom remains.

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    Re: the box: a television

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Oddly enough, TV no longer has tubes, either (tubes went away long before the box), but that idiom remains.
    Actually, all box-shaped TVs contained one big tube (or "valve" in BrE): the cathode ray tube whose flattish end displayed the picture.
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    Re: the box: a television

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Oddly enough, TV no longer has tubes, either (tubes went away long before the box), but that idiom remains.
    Some people kept using the term the wireless for the radio long after everyone else had changed in the UK.

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