This page is about the slang term idiot-box

American and Australian English


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.


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