- jack-in-the-box (n.)
- 1560s, originally a name for a sharp or cheat, "who deceived tradesmen by substituting empty boxes for others full of money" [Robert Nares, "A Glossary of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions," London, 1905]. As a type of toy, it is attested from 1702.
- 1. Jack had attended these meetings as a matter of routine for years.
- 2. Auntie Hilda and Uncle Jack couldn't fuss over them enough.
- 3. Jack took out his notes and talked for just under an hour.
- 4. An American judge yesterday dismissed murder charges against Dr Jack Kevorkian.
- 5. "It's not that I don't believe you, Meg," Jack said, unconvincingly.
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