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postage-stamp

[poh-stij-stamp] /ˈpoʊ stɪdʒˌstæmp/
adjective, Informal.
1.
of very small area or size:
a postage-stamp bikini.
Origin of postage-stamp
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65

postage stamp

noun
1.
a small gummed label issued by postal authorities that can be affixed to an envelope, postcard, or package as evidence that postal charges have been paid.
Also called stamp.
Origin
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • On the upper right hand corner of your envelope, put your postage-stamp.

  • The fort of Malmaison was a minute square, not as large as a postage-stamp.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • It enlarges rapidly from a postage-stamp to a playing-card; to a punt and last a pontoon.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • He did not send it direct, because he could only, at the moment, get one postage-stamp.

    Beechcroft at Rockstone Charlotte M. Yonge
  • When the waiter answered the bell I asked for a glass of milk and a postage-stamp.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • Hester would never except so much as a postage-stamp from him if he brought disgrace on her family, and drove away her suitor!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But when it came to the postage-stamp, then he told himself very quickly that the envelope had been fraudulently handled.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • It was very little thicker than a postage-stamp; certainly not thicker than a piece of writing-paper.

    Long Odds H. Rider Haggard
  • Though I have used his postage-stamp I shall not be false to him.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
British Dictionary definitions for postage-stamp

postage stamp

noun
1.
a printed paper label with a gummed back for attaching to mail as an official indication that the required postage has been paid
2.
a mark directly printed or embossed on an envelope, postcard, etc, serving the same function
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