One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toy consisting of a box containing a figure on a spring which pops up when the lid is opened.
- ‘This charming musical jack-in-the-box is certain to delight anyone who holds it in their hands! As you turn the crank, the melody plays and when the music stops, out pops the jester.’
- ‘The jack-in-the-box offers continual delight. Known since the 16th century, and appearing as a Punch box (minus sidekick Judy), an admiral on a stick, and a Johnny jump-up, sometimes the jack figure was more horrible than humorous.’
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