idiot box


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the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. We need to start encouraging our children to play outside, instead of just spending hours in front of the idiot box. It saddens me that people would rather watch the idiot box than explore the world around them.
See also: box, idiot

idiot box

A television set, as in There they sit in front of the idiot box, hour after hour. This slangy and pejorative expression dates from about 1960.
See also: box, idiot

idiot box

n. a television set. You spend too much time watching the idiot box.
See also: box, idiot
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Or at least that is the impression she made via the idiot box, which has been known to lie.
So on the morning of May 13, soon after the mandatory one-hour power breaks between 9 am and 10 am in my area when the idiot box beeped to life and revealed a clear lead for Jayalalithaa, I didn't call my editor.
Or, at the very least, a ruling from Ofcom, the idiot box regulator.
It's a tale told by the idiot box, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The reasoning behind this rule is obviously to make sure they do their homework instead of gazing aimlessly at the idiot box like semi-conscious junkies.
Our room had a television in the corner, but it was far too tranquil an environment for the idiot box to intrude, so it remained unused.
Website editor David Burke says: 'Once the game is switched off, we will try and encourage people to talk to each other instead of being glued to an idiot box.
Two smart bombs proved to be particularly destructive on the Idiot Box.
It seems the idiot box has become the source of alternate realities that are becoming more popular than real reality.
Alas, Pawlowski seems to have missed that day, mistaking words like "bazaar" for "bizarre" and "fair" for "fare," in an otherwise insightful work brimming with enough anti-boob tube ammo to blow the idiot box to smithereens.
If they're bouncing off the walls and making a general nuisance of themselves, the antidote is the idiot box.
And it's a win- win scenario for both TV channels and their audiences who don't mind 27X7 tamasha on the idiot box.
We spend most of our time glued to the idiot box, the X-box and many other boxes.
Unknowingly, I found myself turn into a meek slave tied and sprawled in front of the idiot box - a sitting duck receiving not one, not two, nor three direct hits, but salvo after salvo of Breaking News.
13 ( ANI ): The TV viewing habits of Republicans primarily include golf and other sports shows, making their attitude watching the idiot box 'stereotypical', a new study has suggested.