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[pohst-bag] /ˈpoʊstˌbæg/
noun, British
a batch of mail from a single delivery.
Origin of post-bag
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She rejoiced that she had been first down, and had opened the postbag with her own key.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • I'll take the motor which carries the postbag, if you don't mind.

  • If you go by the Canadian Pacific, like a letter in a postbag, it takes only a few days over three weeks.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • But it is not in nature for a postman to give up his postbag without a struggle.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And each time they passed through your hands for the postbag, your son's formula passed, too.

  • The postbag shrieks insults or bursts with suppressed malice.

  • She spent much time at her desk, and the postbag for the Abbey began to contain many delicate, fragrant epistles.

    The Story of Bawn Katharine Tynan
  • Duncan bent his back to his oars unconscious of any mystery; his postbag, bringing news of all the world, lay in front of him.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Having placed his completed note in the postbag, he silently signed to Arnold to follow him into the garden.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • Two months went by, during which the O. i/c Records made no further additions to our postbag.

British Dictionary definitions for postbag


(mainly Brit) another name for mailbag
the mail received by a magazine, radio programme, public figure, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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