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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

idiot box

n. a television set. You spend too much time watching the idiot box.
See also: box, idiot
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

idiot box

A television set. The term dates from about 1950 and obviously is a derogatory take on the medium of television. For example, “It’s a shame her kids have no supervision and just sit, hour after hour, in front of the idiot box.”
See also: box, idiot
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Seems to me like people stopped becoming involved once the idiot box showed up and started telling them how to think rather than forming opinions from experience and acting on them.
I HAD the good sense to take `Mental Moira' out for a Valentine's dinner last night, so should not have too much trouble hogging the idiot box tonight.
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Watching the idiot box, goes the argument, turns viewers into idiots.
It is too hot to go outside and play in the park and there is nothing to watch on the idiot box either.
If you grew up in the '80s/'90s like us, a time when the internet didn't consume our daily lives in the way it does now, you were probably sat in front of the idiot box a lot as well.