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pillar box

noun, British.
a pillarlike box in which letters are deposited for collection by mail carriers; mailbox.
Also called pillar post.
Origin of pillar box
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After leaving Levinsteins he remembered the letter in his pocket and dropped it into a pillar box and then hustled for school.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • A policeman, glistening in cape and overalls, stood at the corner, near a pillar box.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • She addressed the envelope and ran out hatless to post it at the pillar box in Edgware Road.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for pillar box

pillar box

(in Britain) a red pillar-shaped public letter box situated on a pavement
characteristic of a pillar box (in the phrase pillar-box red)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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