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also lamppost, 1731, from lamp + post (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • She put out her hand just in time to steady herself against a lamp-post.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • She pushed the lamp-post away from her violently, and found herself walking.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I will put the letter in a lamp-post box, so that he will never get it.

  • Sucatash, against the lamp-post, lolled negligently and rolled a cigarette.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Flags were flying from every window, from every roof, from every lamp-post.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • I think I saw a white whisker as he turned under the lamp-post.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • We want a sewer here, a bridge there, a lamp-post or a hydrant yonder.

  • But between you and me and the lamp-post, Elmer, I don't believe that's going to happen.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • Look out for the lamp-post—look out for the lamp-post—look out—Aaahhhh!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He turns and addresses the lamp-post in a tone of superiority.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams

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