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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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.
In idiot box developments more evolved, Fucking Awesome's Jason Dill scored a bit part in the Judd Apatow-helmed Netflix dramedy, love; his first appearance on the small screen since Ozzy and Sharon had to show him the door at the dawn of the new reality.
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?