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poor box

n.
A box, such as one to be found in a church, used for collecting alms.

poor box

n
1. (Social Welfare) a box, esp one in a church, used for the collection of alms or money for the poor

poor′ box`


n.
a box, esp. in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poor box - box for collecting alms, especially one in a churchpoor box - box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
Translations

poor box

ncassetta per i poveri
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With the march of time the day became known as Boxing Day because of the custom of giving tips for services given during the year and also the custom of opening the poor boxes held in churches for the benefit of the poor of the parish.
He took one of the poor boxes off the counter and used it to beat Alan in the face.
In the old days, churches used to open their poor boxes the day after Christmas and give the money to the needy.