Definition of jack-in-the-box in English:

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jack-in-the-box

Pronunciation: /ˈjak in T͟Hə ˌbäks/

noun

A toy consisting of a box containing a figure on a spring that pops up when the lid is opened.
Example sentences
  • This charming musical jack-in-the-box is certain to delight anyone who holds it in their hands! As you turn the crank, the melody plays and when the music stops, out pops the jester.
  • The jack-in-the-box offers continual delight. Known since the 16th century, and appearing as a Punch box (minus sidekick Judy), an admiral on a stick, and a Johnny jump-up, sometimes the jack figure was more horrible than humorous.
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