Box and Cox



  • An arrangement in which two people take strict turns in occupyingthe same position, role, or the like. The phrase derives from a popularfarce of this title by J. M. Morton (1811 - 91). In the play MrsBouncer, a deceitful lodging-house landlady, lets the same room totwo men, John Box and James Cox, who unknown to each other occupyit alternately, one being out at work all day, the other all night.