wooden box


wooden box
   a coffin
   A current usage. Wooden breeches, breeks, coat, overcoat, etc. are obsolete:
    A pair of wooden breeks
   Now him doth clede. (W. Sutherland, 1821 — to dead was to clothe)
   Whence figurative use of death:
    The Winston treatment when it finally comes to the wooden box. (Private Eye, June 1981 — Churchill had an elaborate state funeral)

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