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junk mail

unsolicited commercial mail or email.
Origin of junk mail
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Spammers hadn't figured out that using public keys would make their junk mail more plausible yet, so for now this worked well.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for junk mail

junk mail

untargeted mail advertising goods or services
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for junk mail

junk mail

noun phrase

Mail, usually third class, consisting of advertising circulars, appeals for money, etc, and sometimes addressed to ''resident'' (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with junk mail

junk mail

Third-class mail, such as unsolicited advertisements and flyers, that is sent indiscriminately. For example, While we were on vacation the front hall filled up with junk mail. [ c. 1950 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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