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agony column

a section or column in a newspaper containing advertisements by individuals seeking missing relatives or lost pets or possessions, announcing the end of a marriage, etc.
Origin of agony column
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Colonel Desha was not one who believed in publishing a daily "agony column."

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • I read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column.

  • Alone, Lionel picked up his paper and turned to the agony column.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Just take a look at the 'agony column' in yesterday morning's issue, and read the message to 'Yob'—to Gunter, in fact.

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • At this point West's strawberries arrived and even the agony column could not hold his interest.

    The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
  • As everybody knows, the agony column of a daily paper is not actually so domestic as it seems.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • If you have the least communication to make to me, one line in the agony column of the Journal will be sufficient.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • It is my habit to read the “agony column” (as it is flippantly called), the second column in the outer sheet of the Times.

    In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang
  • Agnes called it the "agony column," for the "personals" always headed it.

British Dictionary definitions for agony column

agony column

a magazine or newspaper feature in which advice is offered to readers who have sent in letters about their personal problems
a part of a newspaper containing advertisements for lost relatives, personal messages, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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