Posted by Gary on July 11, 2003
In Reply to: On The Box posted by Kate Scribens on July 10, 2003
: Does anyone know what the origin of this phrase is - meaning on the sick?
: Feel free to email me direct if you can shed any light on it. Great. Thanks.
I believe this comes from the charitable work of Methodist Societies and early Trades Unions in the UK. The box was where they kept the money they doled out.