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post office

noun
1.
an office or station of a government postal system at which mail is received and sorted, from which it is dispatched and distributed, and at which stamps are sold or other services rendered.
2.
(often initial capital letter) the department of a government charged with the transportation of mail.
3.
a game in which one player is designated “postmaster” or “postmistress” and calls another player of the opposite sex into an adjoining room, ostensibly to receive a letter but actually to receive a kiss.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
Related forms
post-office, adjective
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Examples from the web for post office
  • Have your mail held at the post office, forwarded or have it collected by a friend and held.
  • They built a new post office and she couldn't take her animals to work.
  • Other amenities at the facility include a post office, laundry facilities, car care center and one-hour photo service.
  • He slips bogus money orders into her mailbox to lure her to the post office, and pilfers a stack of her personal mail.
  • There is the post office, the church, the water tower and the fire station.
  • The park has no post office and will not mail or receive letters for visitors.
  • How the post office can lick other countries at their own game.
  • Letters poured into the post office by the hundreds.
  • There are two pubs, two churches, one school and a post office.
  • Think natural gas powered post office trucks and school buses, for instance.
British Dictionary definitions for post office

post office

noun
1.
a building or room where postage stamps are sold and other postal business is conducted

Post Office

noun
1.
a government department or authority in many countries responsible for postal services and often telecommunications
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Word Origin and History for post office
n.

1650s, "public department in charge of letter-carrying," from post (n.3) + office. Meaning "building where postal business is carried on" is from 1650s. In slang or euphemistic sense of "a sexual game" it refers to an actual parlor game first attested early 1850s in which pretend "letters" were paid for by kisses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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