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Box and Cox

Meaning

box and coxTo take turns.

Origin

The term comes from the comic play 'Box and Cox - A Romance of Real Life in One Act', by John Maddison Morton. This was first produced at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, in November 1847.

Box and Cox were two lodgers who shared their rooms - one occupying them by day and the other by night.