Box and Cox




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Box and Cox : Phrases



Meaning:

To chop and change.


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Origin:

In a farce by JM Morton (1811-1891) called Box and Cox, a deceitful lodging house lady called Mrs. Bouncer let a single room to a Mr Box; without telling him she also let the same room to a Mr Cox. Since one worked at night and the other during the day they never met but there was a great deal of scheming needed by Mrs. Bouncer in order to achieve this.


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