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general delivery

a postal service that delivers mail to a specific post office where it is held for pickup by the addressee.
the postal department that handles such mail.
Origin of general delivery
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If the Postmaster says, "general delivery," all exchange places, and the "postman" tries to secure a vacant place.

    Games for Everybody May C. Hofmann
  • Sometimes they were sent to a street number, but often to general delivery.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • Address me there care of general delivery if you ever want to see me again.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • At Dijon, general delivery, and do not forget my titles and degrees!

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • London daily newspapers to Dublin by general delivery, 10:17:6 per annum.

  • He gave her a telegram and a letter from the general delivery.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • She will not go to the general delivery window at the post office to get it, now, for she already knows it.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Then she went to the general delivery window, tense for a new ordeal.

    Miss Lulu Bett Zona Gale
  • Mark the package, general delivery, and let me have it soon.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
British Dictionary definitions for general delivery

general delivery

noun (US & Canadian)
an address on mail indicating that it should be kept at a specified post office until collected by the addressee
the mail-delivery service or post-office department that handles mail having this address
Also called (not in the US or Canada) poste restante
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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