the 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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After I had deleted the news channels from my 'favourites' list, I was much more relaxed and enjoyed the time away from the idiot box, doing things I liked such as reading a book, taking pictures of cats with puzzled looks on their faces, from the apartment balcony, and listening to Bhagyamma, a wizened old lady, speaking to me in Kannada and who pretends she is a gardener as she plants local herbs in our tiny patch of land.
Maybe, after all these years, I'm still struggling with the concept of human beings talking to me from the idiot box at such unearthly hours.
THE Bhabhiji Wars of the idiot box just got hotter.
So what's the take home then, for now (a record 55 per cent of Pakistan's population was glued to the idiot box for a Karachi vs Lahore round robin rendezvous, according to one estimate)?
So if we want peace with Pakistan, or perhaps whether we should seek peace, we have no business to talk to Pakistan, but must pay court to these worthies of the idiot box.
The idiot box idiots are more interested in attacking Rahul Gandhi for fetching up at the protest by elderly ex-servicemen than the issue.
Every day it was on I was glued to the idiot box, watching Speedy, Polly and Guido.
The classes keep children away from the idiot box and the Internet.
found that the time in front of the idiot box is five times more than the combined length the nation spends shopping, playing sport and having sex, the Daily Express reported.
I hope the schools have provided children with various projects and assignments to keep them occupied instead of them sleeping, eating, day dreaming, and sitting on the idiot box 24/7.
Is there a right to expect that when we switch on the idiot box we get less or no idiocy out of it?
Unlike my 13-year-old self, I don't plan my life about what's on the idiot box any more.
ATTENDANCE 39,863 FOR THE RECORD Sunderland broke their live TV hoodoo - a losing run on the idiot box stretching back to last Boxing Day.
has proven that the idiot box is not necessarily that
Tom Bromley recounts growing up in front of the idiot box in this warm and often hilarious memoir.