poor box

A locked box with a slot for depositing coins into, usually placed in churches to accept donations for the needy.

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  • poor box — poor′ box n. cvb a box, esp. in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • poor box — n. a box, as in a church, for alms for the poor …   English World dictionary

  • poor box — noun box for collecting alms, especially one in a church • Syn: ↑alms box, ↑mite box • Hypernyms: ↑box * * * noun Etymology: poor (II) : a box for alms for the poor; …   Useful english dictionary

  • poor box — noun Date: 1621 a box (as in a church) for alms for the poor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • poor box — a box, esp. in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped. [1615 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • poor box — noun historical a collection box, especially one in a church, for gifts of money to aid the poor …   English new terms dictionary

  • poor box — /ˈpɔ bɒks/ (say paw boks) noun a box in which money may be placed for distribution to the poor …   Australian English dictionary

  • poor-box — …   Useful english dictionary

  • court poor box — noun System used informally in lower Irish courts, where a defendant can be directed to make a donation to charity in lieu of conviction …   Wiktionary

  • Box — Box, n.; pl. {Boxes} [As. box a small case or vessel with a cover; akin to OHG. buhsa box, G. b[ u]chse; fr. L. buxus boxwood, anything made of boxwood. See {Pyx}, and cf. {Box} a tree, {Bushel}.] 1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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