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[poh-stij-stamp] /ˈpoʊ stɪdʒˌstæmp/
adjective, Informal.
of very small area or size:
a postage-stamp bikini.
Origin of postage-stamp

postage stamp

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.
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

a printed paper label with a gummed back for attaching to mail as an official indication that the required postage has been paid
a mark directly printed or embossed on an envelope, postcard, etc, serving the same function
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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