box on the table

box on the table

mod. die on the (operating) table. (see also boxed.) The surgeon did the best job possible, but the patient boxed on the table.
See also: box, on, table
References in classic literature ?
There was a wooden box on the table and its cover had been removed and revealed that it was full of neat packages.
But one evening, when late winter was listening for the word of spring, she came over to the little house for a twilight chat; and when she went away she left a small, white box on the table.