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What does 'crackerjack box' mean? #1 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:53 am   What does 'crackerjack box' mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #283 "English Slang Idioms (5)", question 4

You don't know anything about accounting. Did you get your degree out of a ......... box?

(a) soap
(b) toy
(c) crackerjack
(d) mail

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #283 "English Slang Idioms (5)", answer 4

You don't know anything about accounting. Did you get your degree out of a crackerjack box?

Correct answer: (c) crackerjack

Your answer was: incorrect
You don't know anything about accounting. Did you get your degree out of a soap box?
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What does 'crackerjack box' mean?

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What does 'crackerjack box' mean? #2 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:02 am   What does 'crackerjack box' mean?
 

Hi Priya,
This phrase originated from a crackerjack box (sweet popcorn candy boxes) that used to give away rather useless, cheesy toys with every purchase. So, if a person uses this phrase, he/she is referring to something that is useless/cheap/fake and isn't very recognized - in terms of achievement/quality etc.
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