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1889, from extra + special. Originally of certain editions of daily newspapers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Her Sundays, gloriously unoccupied, generally did, but this was extra-special.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • Bustle round, you fellows, and get out an extra-special edition.

  • "These are going to be extra-special holidays," triumphed Deirdre.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • You vill not forget vat I say about extra-special discount to ze nobility and gentry?

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • A two-gallon jar of extra-special detergent, used only for laces, conked him and smashed on the floor before him.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • He's out in the pantry now mixing some extra-special cocktails—with his own hands, you know—to celebrate the event.

    The Real Adventure

    Henry Kitchell Webster
  • They ordered two glasses of extra-special, and began to discuss local affairs.

  • Gerald, noting the blushes, pointed a chubby finger at his sister as he sing-songed: “Jane likes Jean Sawyer extra-special.”

    Meg of Mystery Mountain

    Grace May North
  • He paused for a moment as the computer did an extra-special burping chuckle, and slipped in an entire new case of memory cubes.

    The Hate Disease William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • You will go back to the College and give my compliments to Mr. King and ask him to give you an extra-special licking.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling

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