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postal

[pohs-tl] /ˈpoʊs tl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the post office or mail service:
postal delivery; postal employees.
noun
2.
Informal. postal card.
Idioms
3.
go postal, Slang. to lose control or go crazy, especially in a violent way.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; post3 + -al1; def. 2 in reference to incidents of violence among postal workers in the early 1990s
Related forms
postally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for go postal

postal

/ˈpəʊstəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a Post Office or to the mail-delivery service
Derived Forms
postally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for go postal
postal
"pertaining to the mail system," 1843, on model of Fr. postale (1836), from post (3). Noun meaning "state of irrational and violent anger" (usually in phrase going postal) attested by 1997, in ref. to a cluster of news-making workplace shootings in U.S. by what were commonly described as "disgruntled postal workers" (the cliche itself, though not the phrase, goes back to at least 1994).
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Slang definitions & phrases for go postal

go postal

verb phrase

To succumb to tension and fatigue; lose it, stress out

[1990s+ Computer; a grim reference to ''the unfortunate number of postal employees in recent years who have snapped or gone on shooting rampages''—Macon Telegraph]


postal

adjective

Whacko, flipped

noun

A state of irrational, psychotic anger and disorientation (mid-1990s+ Teenagers)

Related Terms

go postal


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