A Box of Delights is the title of a children’s book by the former poet laureate, John Masefield. It is the sequel to The Midnight Folk.
Box clever is an alternative expression to play your cards right, which I used in the title of another post.
A box of tricks is a gadget, which is contained in a box or it could be a conjuring set.
Watching the box is an old-fashioned expression for watching television. For a long time television sets were box-shaped. Now there are flat-screen ones using different technology.
What’s on the box? was a question about TV schedules. Interestingly the BBC’s magazine listing programmes for the week ahead is still called the Radio Times.
Goggle-box is another name for a TV set. If you watch for too long, you may have square eyes.
A boxer may be a prize-fighter or a breed of dog.
Boxing-gloves are padded gloves worn by a boxer. No prizes for guessing which sort!
A wooden box comes in all sizes of cuboids, but is also a euphemism for a coffin (casket). Wooden may even be omitted: “They carried him off in a box” also refers to a coffin.
A shoebox is a cardboard box containing a pair of shoes. They have all sorts of other uses too. This year I kept my Christmas cards in one, while I was preparing them for the post or for hand-delivery locally. The recent tradition of sending shoeboxes abroad at Christmas has been discussed by another blogger. My own position here is that I have knitted hats for shoeboxes, but have not provided any other items.
A hat box is a large round box which prevents a hat from being squashed. Hat boxes can be very decorative.
Nesting boxes and a nest-box are not the same thing at all. The nesting boxes fit one inside another like Russian dolls.
A nest-box is the same as a bird-box or even a bat-box.
Christmas boxes were traditionally given to servants on Boxing Day. Later they were given to people who delivered milk or collected rubbish, for example, but even that tradition seems to have died out now.
A money-box might not even look like a box, but can be used by a child for saving up coins.
A collecting box is a different sort of money-box used to raise money for charity.
A stationery box contains notepaper or notecards and envelopes.
A tin box often contains biscuits.
Little boxes all the same is the line from a song I remember from my childhood.
A box room is used for storing things.
The Bible warns us against storing things. This is very difficult to put into practice in Western cultures. In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6 verses 18-20 (NIV) Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”