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Box (noun 3)

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Box. n.s. [bock, a cheek, Welch.] A blow on the head given with the hand.

For the box o' th' ear that the prince gave you, he gave it like a rude prince. Shakesp. Henry IV.

If one should take my hand perforce, and give another a box on the ear with it, the law punisheth the other. Bramhall against Hobbes.

There may happen concussions of the brain from a box on the ear. Wiseman's Surgery.

Olphis, the fisherman, received a box on the ear from Thestylis. Addison. Spectator, № 233.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bramhall, John (9) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Spectator (140) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Welsh (Welch) (27)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Box (noun 3)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 19, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=16835.


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