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This page is about the slang term idiot-box

American and Australian English

Meaning: television, TV

For example:

  • Hey, you kids! Turn off the idiot-box and go do your homework.

  • After workin' hard all day, all I wanna do is chill out in front of the idiot-box.

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

"They spend too much time in front of the idiot-box" means they

a. use a computer too much

b. play video games too much

c. watch too much television

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Contributor: Matt Errey