bone box n.
1. the mouth.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Bone box, the mouth. Shut your bone box; shut your mouth.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Life and Adventures.|
|Real Life in Ireland 19: ‘How could I be after missing him when he laid so fair?’ ‘Fair in your bone-box! you foul galoosh!’.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Paved with Gold 190: Jack jerked his drumsticks against Ned’s ‘bonebox,’ with a force that must have loosened every tooth.|
|Secrets of the Great City 359: The Detectives’ Manual gives a glossary of this language, from which we take the following specimens [...] Bone box. – The mouth.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890).|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 11: Bone Box, the mouth.|
|Minneapolis Jrnl (MN) 24 Jan. 19/3: Bone-box —the mouth.|
|Aus. Women’s Wkly 5 Mar. 40/4: They thought the Marshal Prince von Blucher a rum touch if ever there was one, opening his bone-box to splutter out his Achs, and his Mein Gotts, and his Fery Goots!|
2. (US) a coffin.
|Sydney Sl. Dict. 10/2: The Parson is on the highfly in a fantail banger and a milky mill toy. He got the cant of togs from a shickster whose husband’s in a bone-box. [translation] The ‘Parson’ is begging as a poor gentleman in a long broadcloth coat and a while shirt. He talked the change of clothes from a lady whose husband is buried.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 21 Dec. 11/2: Old Stiffun, the undertaker [...] had a nice, second-hand, silver-mounted, satin-lined bone-box.|
|Gt Southern Herald (Katanning, WA) 19 May 3/1: He did not know whether they referred to the person who ordered the bone box or the corpse itself, so in great agitation he hurriedly interviewed the undertaker.|
|AS XI:3 201: Bone box.‘American Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 73: He is opposed to the use of coffins (he calls them ‘boxes’ or ‘bone boxes’).|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Pensacola News Jrnl (FL) 2 June D1/5: It has been tagged as a crate, a bone-box, an oak overcoat, a six-foot bungalow, a shell. Chicago gangland mentioned it [...] as a wooden kimono.|
3. the head.
|Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld) 3 Apr. 22/3: The cell, and connecting canal to hold the protoplasm, corresponds to the ‘dome of thought’, the bone box, as it has been called, to hold the brain and the rib-woven tube of the spinal cord.|
|Sun (Kalgoorlie) 16 Oct. 7/3: Prof. Tucker was consulted, and after the stupendous grey matter in his bone-box had been brought to bear on the question, it was decided to lay out the boodle on a scholarship for poets. Rats!|
|Decade 310: Where are you, Ivar Kreuger, match king of the world? A world panic brought you in. A world panic and futile strategy took you out. A shot into the brain in a Paris hotel room – and, poof, out you go like one of your matches. Scratch yourself on the bone box and good-bye, pal.|
|Western Mail (Perth) 17 May 15/2: Then the fight began. [...] He never throws a candle away, determined to keep his ivory polishers on the alert; and when he could not set them to work on the bone-box he blew at the bellows and left his mark a little higher up.|
4. (Aus.) a rickety rattling vehicle.
|Eve. News (Sydney) 24 Oct. 6/4: [T]axpayers are of necessity compelled to travel by rattle-waggon, bone-box, or brakevan, on business or pleasure, wholly destitute of seating accommodation.|
5. (Aus.) a dice box.
|Truth (Brisbane) 25 July 12/4: If you see Fatty Mack anywhere, you can tell him from me that I haven’t dropped acrost a bloke in all me travels that could rattle the bone-box like him.|
6. (US) an ambulance.
|CB (2nd edn) 131: Bone box – Ambulance.|
7. (US prison) a hearse.
|Prison Sl. 104: Bone Box A hearse.|
(US) to be quiet.
|Vanity Fair (N.Y.) 9 Nov. 216: beauregard. Then I’ll stow my wid, / Button my bone-box and do as floyd did.|