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postboy

[pohst-boi] /ˈpoʊstˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
(formerly) a boy or man who rode post or carried mail.
2.
a postilion.
Origin of postboy
1580-1590
1580-90; post3 + boy
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  • He folded the paper very slowly, and handed it back to the post-boy.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • No matter how old he might be he was always called a post-boy.

  • He got in himself, took his seat by Mrs. Sanker, and the post-boy touched up his horses.

  • On the same night a post-boy was relieved of his bags at the same place.

  • His servants sprang down and helped the post-boy to back the horses to the foot of the hill.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • Was it your master,” said the post-boy: “grey gent with a young lady?

    The Sapphire Cross George Manville Fenn
  • In reply to one of the last, the Squire represented that the post-boy was saved going twice a day by the present arrangement.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • "See to the things, both of you," said Richard, as he paid the post-boy.

  • As soon as she entered, it was driven off with speed in the direction already communicated to the post-boy.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • As the Canon of Toledo returned to the caleche, he had spoken a word to the post-boy.

    Eve and David Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for post-boy

postboy

/ˈpəʊstˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
a man or boy who brings the post round to offices
2.
another name for postilion
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