the brain, the head.
|[||John Ploughman’s Talk 159: If a man has not a soul above clodhopping he may expect to keep poor, but if he opens his sense-box, and picks up here a little and there a little, even Johnny Raw may yet improve].|
|implied in out of one’s box|
|Dict. of Teenage Revolution 26: Box. [...] With the meaning of ‘head,’ however – another purely British usage – the market for the word is much more restricted.|
|Trainspotting 87: The rush wastes nae time in racin tae ma box.|
1. (also off one’s box, out of the box) mad, eccentric, beyond emotional restraint; also attrib.
|DN III:iv 290: be off one’s base, (box, kerzip, nut), v. phr. To be out of one’s mind.‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in|
|Big Man 143: ‘You’re out of your box,’ I say. ‘C’mon, c’mon,’ she says, ‘get your sneakers on, we got practice today, babes’.|
|NME 23 Dec. n.p.: He’s out of his box - refused to let Sid [Vicious] jam with him because he thinks Sid’s so appalling and it’s not worth talking about.|
|Curvy Lovebox 121: Bab’s out his box an’ he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do.|
|Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 out of the box adj 1. crazy, irrational. Note: theorized that the term is a vague allusion to the ‘jack-in-the-box’ toys, a box containing a head mounted on a spring that would pop open after a crank had been turned. The head would then bounce around. The unpredictable motion of the toy could be likened to someone who is ‘out of the box.’ (‘I don’t know what her problem is, but she’s completely out of the box!’).|
|Sun. Times (S. Afr.) Mag. 27 Jan. 10: I’m one for out-of-the-box thinking. I’m not a stereotypical artist.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 36: Ah’m ootay my box ranting about the brilliance ay the Minds’ Sons and Fascination album.|
2. (also off one’s box, off one’s pot) completely intoxicated, whether by drink or drugs.
|Start in Life (1979) 258: I thought she was right off her pot.|
|Sounds 3 Mar. n.p.: They were stoned out of their boxes [KH].|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 143: Smoke one of those right through to the end and you were out of your box.|
|Fixx 205: Lolling about, stoned out of your box.|
|Trainspotting 49: Spud (drugs) and Second Prize (alcohol) were bombed out of their boxes.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 9 Jan. 4: Talking about how far out of their boxes they planned to spend the night (‘bit of cocaine, yeah. Bit of an e, yeah. Marijuana, yeah’).|
|Grits 82: Eye fuckin right t’be scird, an all: av told yer, Colm’s off is fuckin box, mun.|
|Apples (2023) 112: I was totally off my box.|
|Hitmen 237: ‘You’re out of your bleedin’ banana, pal [...] out of your bleedin’ box’.|