Jack-in-the-box meaning

jăkĭn-thə-bŏks
A toy consisting of a clownlike puppet that springs out of a box when the lid is activated.
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A toy consisting of a box from which a little figure on a spring jumps up when the lid is lifted.
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Children's toy where a figure pops out of a small box.
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Noun

Singular:
jack-in-the-box
Plural:
jack-in-the-boxes, jacks-in-boxes, jacks-in-the-box, jacks-in-the-boxes