idiot box


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idiot box

n. Slang
A television.

idiot box

n
(Broadcasting) slang a television set

id′iot box`


n.
Slang.
a television.
[1955–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idiot box - an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screenidiot box - an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen; "the British call a tv set a telly"
kinescope, picture tube, television tube - a cathode-ray tube in a television receiver; translates the received signal into a picture on a luminescent screen
receiver, receiving system - set that receives radio or tv signals
television system, television - a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points
telecasting, television, TV, video - broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects; "she is a star of screen and video"; "Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done" - Ernie Kovacs
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Turn off that idiot box and take a look around you.
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Senator Joe Lieberman made the observation that good parents try to instill good values at the dinner table only to have that very same evening the idiot box [television] telling the child that the parent ought to go "pound the sand.
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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In this case television -- the idiot box -- is what did it all,'' he said.