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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. 2018.
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  • Colonel Desha was not one who believed in publishing a daily "agony column."

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Alone, Lionel picked up his paper and turned to the agony column.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Agnes called it the "agony column," for the "personals" always headed it.

  • I read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column.

  • And yet—and yet—She, too, had found the agony column entertaining and—quite nice.

    The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
  • 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
  • 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
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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