1. plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
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How To Use jack-in-the-box In A Sentence

  • In the same moment, Haj jerks himself bolt upright like a jack-in-the-box and rakes the table with his wild, exophthalmic gaze: The mission song
  • This sound was not long in coming, and the moment I heard it, up I jumped like a Jack-in-the-box, but without the squeak, in time to see a forktail leave a spot on the bank about 6 feet above the water. Birds of the Indian Hills
  • Some people even decided that the only option was to scare them away with a Jack-in-the-box.
  • I think a middle-aged man with a big paunch straddling a motorcycle looks like a jack-in-the-box before it springs—all rolled up in himself. Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear
  • Jack-in-the-Box; over the corridors poured a stream of beautiful maidens and handsome gentlemen, to separate for their several tiring-rooms, and soon to remeet in the palm-decked vestibule. Queed
  • There are few things scarier than the prospect of Random Death popping right out of your medicine chest like some sort of thanatological Jack-in-the-Box. Blog d'Elisson
  • Death could pop up anytime, a jarring jack-in-the-box with a fixed, bloody grin.
  • He is a jack-in-the-box the way he pops into the chair. THE ETERNITY OF FORMS
  • A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it. M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman: Book summary
  • They'd been lookin 'for the same old elephant with two men inside, the good old chestnut that they'd been tryin' to laugh over for years, and when this philopena was sprung on 'em they were as tickled as a baby with a jack-in-the-box. Shorty McCabe
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