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special delivery

noun
1.
(in the U.S. Postal Service) delivery of mail outside the regularly scheduled hours, by a special messenger, upon the payment of an extra fee.
Origin of special delivery
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
special-delivery, adjective
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  • It dawned on me, Betty, after I received a special delivery letter this afternoon.

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • Do you remember that special delivery letter I got when we were in swimming that day?

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • They were loitering over their teacups half an hour later when Lizzie came into the library with a special delivery letter.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • Yes, it was for them—a special delivery letter for Mrs. Merrill.

    Mary Jane's City Home Clara Ingram Judson
  • On July 15th, the work was finished, registered, and entrusted to the mail with a special delivery stamp.

  • But why should she send it by special delivery if it isn't impawtant?

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • It would be very nice to send it by special delivery, she thought.

    Kidnapped at the Altar Laura Jean Libbey
  • A special delivery letter had never come to their home before.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • Now a good many of the special delivery messengers are women.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • He held out the special delivery and said, You can look for yourself!

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
British Dictionary definitions for special delivery

special delivery

noun
1.
the delivery of a piece of mail outside the time of a scheduled delivery
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