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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Social media has become the new 'idiot box' from which people are influenced.
Clarifying for the benefit of the uninformed mostly found on the idiot box, all of this is not based on fantastic assumptions; these are facts based on hard-core numbers, and the very few who understand numbers can vouch that while everybody may lie, numbers do not.
For example, spending longer time in front of the idiot box could affect the longevity and heart health of an individual more than browsing the net at desk.
India, May 27 -- The TV is no longer an idiot box that sits in your living room for the occasional viewing experience.
Over the forthcoming 100 or so hours, commentators old and new will grace the numerous panel discussions on the idiot box, treating the audience to mothballed phrases and sentences that are ceremonially brought out of their hibernation every five years.
People watching the one-eyed idiot box, watching idiots acting like fools, every spare minute of the day, instead of spending some of their spare time continuing their education, is one of the reasons we have a dumbed downed workforce.
It's great to see the former CBBC gang in a 9.30pm slot with this wonderful silliness, which actually makes more sense than a lot of comedy shows that make it onto the idiot box these days.
To people of an older generation, a landline, like the TV (read the idiot box), was the heart and hearth of the home, an instrument that brought the family together, a gadget by which parents could still keep an eye on their children and know who they were speaking to.
Then it was television that was blamed for mesmerizing kids (remember the term 'idiot box'?).
A huge percentage of adolescents have started developing unhealthy habits in front of the idiot box. It has been proven that the more time a person spends in watching television, the sooner they are going to die.
As the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia starts, the onlookers are glued to the idiot box, cheers and jeers escaping their lips.
Some of these journalists have indeed succeeded in bringing television back to its original definition of the "idiot box".