from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A toy consisting of a clownlike puppet that springs out of a box when the lid is activated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Children’s toy where a figure pops out of a small box.
- n. A con-man who deceived tradesmen by substituting empty boxes for others full of money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See jack-in-a-box.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
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Thomas Mugridge popped out of his galley like a jack-in-the-box.
He is a jack-in-the-box the way he pops into the chair.
The man had come upon him like the eruption of a jack-in-the-box.
She knew the huge, twenty-foot, spring snake coiled inside the camera and ready to leap out like a jack-in-the-box when Dick squeezed the bulb.
I think a middle-aged man with a big paunch straddling a motorcycle looks like a jack-in-the-box before it springs—all rolled up in himself.
The bead will pop into your vision like a jack-in-the-box.
The crank clicked as Fancy turned it, like a jack-in-the-box, only instead of hearing music, they saw the image of the happy place on the screen projected onto the four walls, and then the ceiling and the floor.
A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it.
To further hammer this point home, we are also treated to a flashback where a young girl at a birthday party is given a jack-in-the-box that was obviously purchased at a failed toy store H.R. Giger tried to open.
It may be set in the vicious world of academia, but Cedar has a lot of fun throwing up notes and lists like "5 things you should know about Professor Uriel Schkolnik" or picturing the popular academic popping up like a jack-in-the-box on a map when he's giving six lectures in six different locations on a popular religious holiday.