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The meaning and origin of the expression: Box and Cox

Box and Cox

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Box and Cox'?

Box and coxTo take turns.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Box and Cox'?

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.

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