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[pohs-tl] /ˈpoʊs tl/
of or relating to the post office or mail service:
postal delivery; postal employees.
Informal. postal card.
go postal, Slang. to lose control or go crazy, especially in a violent way.
Origin of postal
1835-45; post3 + -al1; def. 2 in reference to incidents of violence among postal workers in the early 1990s
Related forms
postally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for postal
  • Perhaps this is the fault of the postal service, but either way, it's a disappointment.
  • It was ordered by letter, and a postal order was enclosed.
  • But the optimal number of postal carriers with bachelor's degrees surely isn't zero.
  • But spores clearly seeped out through the weave of the envelopes, contaminating postal facilities and jumping to other mail.
  • Retrain the postal workers who will be unemployed soon.
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British Dictionary definitions for postal


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 postal

"pertaining to the mail system," 1843, on model of French postale (1836), from post (n.3). Noun meaning "state of irrational and violent anger" (usually in phrase going postal) attested by 1997, in reference 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 at least to 1994).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for postal

pony up

verb phrase

To pay; fork over: He had ponied up a silver quarter

[1824+; fr earlier British post the pony, ''pay,'' fr 16th-century legem pone, ''money,'' fr the title of the Psalm for Quarter Day, March 25, the first payday of the year]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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