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mail-order house

a retail firm that conducts its business by receiving orders and shipping its merchandise through the mail and that supplies its customers with catalogs, circulars, etc.
Origin of mail-order house
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I've got to make my own clothes, or take a long chance on a mail-order house.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • If people haven't got a mail-order catalog, they won't buy from the mail-order house.

  • Do you have any way of knowing whether these scopes are boresighted when mounted by a mail-order house or not?

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Describe the necessary routine in entering and filling orders in a mail-order house shipping all goods by express.

  • And I'm going to write for almond-meal and glycerin from the mail-order house to-morrow.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • I also got a lot of small stuff I'd written for from the mail-order house, little feminine things a woman simply has to have.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • He was manager of a department in the mail-order house, with the ambition of becoming one of the numerous firm.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • My own impression is that they are a much more serious competitor of the small country merchant than is the mail-order house.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • “I sent and got a Bible from the mail-order house,” said Joan, looking up with lively eyes.

  • I watched em come off the train in Yucca, and they looked like theyd just stepped out of a mail-order house catalogue.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson

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