One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A seat in a box in a theatre or sports stadium.
- ‘The two octagonal platforms - one open, the other covered - are Connected by a slender bridge and stair to form an elegant box seat for a particularly operatic water view.’
- ‘If you haven't got a ticket for the match you an enjoy directors' box seats and your pre-match three course carvery for £75 for adults and £50 for juniors.’
- ‘With a final smile, I passed him the beverage and watched him walk towards the stairs to his box seats high above the fans.’
- ‘Word of mouth, from box seats to bleachers, from generation to generation, will suffice.’
- ‘It sent a letter inviting each of those people and up to five guests to a day at the track with a free program, box seat, $2 mutuel voucher, and a visit from the general manager.’
- ‘Luxury-box deductions were restricted to half the cost of a top box seat plus reasonable food and beverage expenses.’
- ‘I hadn't merited this much attention since I'd had the nerve to drink Budweiser in my box seat at the Hollywood Bowl.’
- ‘I had been up in Bert's favorite seat, the box seat closest to the stage the right of the stage, watching your angelic self read silently.’
- ‘Low crystal chandeliers hang down just below the box seats of the balcony; currently, they block the view of the stage for many of the guests on the upper level, an imposition that will be rectified by the time the performance starts.’
- ‘Ignorance is good enough for some, as long as they can observe the carnage from a box seat on the moral high ground.’
- ‘There was no way he wanted to miss the game, his friend managed to get them box seats for the basketball game, and Taylor was the last person who would want to miss that game.’
- ‘Perhaps my company can get box seats for the hearings.’
- ‘First-row box seats could be had for a mere $1, 500.’
- ‘They should head back to Scotland and take their executive box seats at the Edinburgh International Military Tattoo, which they are now sponsoring.’
- ‘Joyce voices her variation of the line uttered since Roman children sold box seats in the coliseum to raise money for new school togas.’
- ‘As in the Chicago Auditorium, two tiers of box seats with arched fronts lined the sides of the auditorium above the lower orchestra.’
- ‘He looked at me in a guilty sort of way, and Diaz and Enrico were to my left and right, enjoying their box seat for the show.’
- ‘Many of the approximately 300 box seats are nearly all sold.’
- ‘Along the sides, a line of box seats extended onto the platform itself.’
- ‘Every home game he maneuvers his classic Volkswagen bug down to the ballgame, finds his mid-mob box seat, and enjoys imagining himself in the game.’
2historical A coachman's seat.
- ‘Jonathan had caught the edge of the wagon box, but as he pulled on it, trying to climb back up onto the box seat, the wagon began to tip.’
- ‘Her disheveled head appeared, and with the wagon shaking precariously, she managed to climb out onto the box seat.’
in the box seat
informal In an advantageous position.
- ‘He said words to the effect that he wished to keep the matter under review and to keep himself in the box seat, and that is not at all unusual in the case of mortgagees, in my experience.’
- ‘The big win puts the Australians in the box seat to finish second in their pool after Argentina downed Tunisia 2-0.’
- ‘She did not say that Ireland's ambition of a semi-final spot was gone, but pragmatist that she is, it was left unsaid that she felt the Spanish were now in the box seat for a top four place’
- ‘If fear and loathing reigns, Howard will be in the box seat.’
- ‘His teammates know a win will place them in the box seat for a Tri-Nations title.’
- ‘The problem is the Sharks are in the box seat in this situation.’
- ‘Wales began the second half with a little more venom, but once again, the Springboks soon found themselves in the box seat.’
- ‘Still, you can't argue about landing in the box seat.’
- ‘Now that the Australian public service has, rather gingerly, begun recruiting again, Gen Xers are in the box seat.’
- ‘Middlesbrough were always in the box seat, and could have extended their lead on the counter attack as Wanderers threw more and more players forward.’
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