One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A box or container for keeping tools in.
- ‘We are a couple of weeks into our new home - I now am the proud owner of a toolbox; I never really had much need for one before because we have rented for the last number of years.’
- ‘He regularly carried a toolbox for his copier service calls.’
- ‘Your toolbox for replacing tiles should include an electric drill, a club hammer, assorted chisels, a tile file, tile adhesive spreader, a grout rake for removing old grout and a grout spreader.’
- ‘Besides the radio, he had acquired a large toolbox packed with tools, two rifles, a shotgun, several boxes of ammunition, a long-handled axe, a crowbar, and a first-aid kit.’
- ‘The owner discovered two smaller boxes inside the toolbox, which were dated 1898.’
- ‘One of my sharpest childhood memories is of my father coming home with his toolbox on his shoulder, paid off from his joiner's job.’
- ‘Storing the toolbox containing said torch in the bottom of a dark drawer about as far away from my bedroom as it's possible to be probably isn't the most practical thing in the world.’
- ‘If you are a Dad be prepared to spend most holidays assembling intricate, highly complex toys that require the use of specialty screwdriver tips dug out the bowels of your toolbox.’
- ‘Old gardening boots, wheelbarrows, and toolboxes can make whimsical substitutes for expensive outdoor containers.’
- ‘To their dismay they also realised that the car did not contain a stephney, jack and a toolbox, which could have made things easier for them.’
- ‘He carried a plastic toolbox with him and once in the house, he put on a small paper respirator, of the type often used in DIY work.’
- ‘I just got a pair of pliers from his toolbox and managed to free the bird.’
- ‘In the riverbed were about a dozen or so articles, mostly fairly expensive power tools, and several toolboxes, all presumably stolen a short while earlier.’
- ‘There was a time when the average chap, armed with a toolbox and a workshop manual, could tackle quite major jobs on a car.’
- ‘We all sat in the back of the van on paint cans and crates and toolboxes and headed north.’
- ‘I keep all these tools in my car so that, in the event that the car breaks down, I will be able to pull out my trusty toolbox and fix the problem.’
- ‘I quickly hid behind a wall to witness the pantomime, as this poor chap had to get his toolbox out and mend the gear linkage.’
- ‘A most meticulous man, his toolbox was his pride and joy and woe betide anyone who didn't put a tool back exactly where they got it!’
- ‘It isn't the type of hammer you would keep in your toolbox.’
- ‘Inside his cabin, McAbery reaches for the worn cardboard container that serves as his only toolbox.’
- 1.1Computing A set of software tools.
- ‘Caching isn't the only thing in the software toolbox.’
- ‘On top of the methodological resources collected and presented, the specialized web site could offer training programs, software, and even a software toolbox.’
- ‘This familiar toolbox of desktop computing is a huge and lucrative business, but demand for it has slowed.’
- ‘It is sure to remain in my software toolbox for years to come.’
- ‘It recently included the software package in its toolbox and is in the process of incorporating it into the company's culture.’
- 1.2Computing The set of programs or functions accessible from a single menu.
- ‘Select the fill tool (paint bucket) in the toolbox window and move your mouse focus to the image window.’
- ‘For years, bookmarks to frequently visited sites have been one very basic tool in the shortcut toolbox.’
- ‘The toolbox has been rearranged in the interest of common sense.’
- ‘There is one very noticeable change, though: running your cursor over tools in the toolbox now makes them light up in color.’
- ‘You can create your own workspace, paper space, templates, and views, as well as custom toolboxes, menus, and keystroke macros.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.