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Sense: 1,4
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Origin unknown.
Sense: 2-3
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: BOX1

box

2 verb
     
Related topics: Daily Life, Sport
box2
1 [intransitive and transitive]DS to fight someone as a sport by hitting them with your closed hands inside big leather gloves
2 also box up [transitive]DTI to put things in boxes:
Help me box up the Christmas tree lights.
boxed
3 [transitive] to draw a box around something on a page
4

box somebody's ears

old-fashioned to hit someone on the side of their head

box somebody/something ↔ in

phrasal verb
1 to surround someone or something so that they are unable to move freely:
Someone had parked right behind them, boxing them in.
2

feel boxed in

a) to feel that you cannot do what you want to do because a person or situation is limiting you:
Married for only a year, Connie already felt boxed in.
b) to feel that you cannot move freely, because you are in a small space

box something ↔ off

phrasal verb
TBC to separate a particular area from a larger one by putting walls around it:
We're going to box off that corner to get extra storage space.

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