Definition of Box and Cox in English:

Box and Cox

noun

British
  • often as modifier Used to refer to an arrangement whereby people make use of the same accommodation or facilities at different times, according to a strict arrangement.

    ‘a Box and Cox arrangement’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the White House reverted to its policy of the two senior figures playing Box and Cox.’
    • ‘When the response variable does not follow a normal distribution, it is sometimes possible to use the methods of Box and Cox to find a transformation that improves the fit.’
    • ‘With Box and Cox, the printer and the hatter, we have two such zeros, each present and absent to the other at one and the same time.’

Origin

The title of a play (1847) by J. M. Morton, in which two characters, John Box and James Cox, unknowingly become tenants of the same room.

Pronunciation

Box and Cox

/ˌbɒks (ə)n ˈkɒks/