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).|
|Minneapolis Jrnl (MN) 24 Jan. 19/3: Bone-box —the mouth.|
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. He’ll gammon the swells. He touched one for an alderman the first ten minutes.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 21 Dec. 11/2: Old Stiffun, the undertaker [...] had a nice, second-hand, silver-mounted, satin-lined bone-box.|
|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.
|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.|
4. (US) an ambulance.
|CB (2nd edn) 131: Bone box – Ambulance.|
5. (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.|