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Origin of want ad
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Before the old man could answer they had reached the want-ad counter.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • I was told the Enquirer posted the “want-ad” sheets of the paper at its back door an hour before daylight.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • Thinking that Mr. Malcom might have gone back to the want-ad department, she hastily returned there.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for want-ad

want ad

(informal) a classified advertisement in a newspaper, magazine, etc, for something wanted, such as property or employment
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