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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
First recorded in 1960-65

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.
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What is the difference between a naughty boy and a postage-stamp?

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • The fort of Malmaison was a minute square, not as large as a postage-stamp.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • He wished to reduce himself to the substance of a postage-stamp.

  • The boy who sent the postage-stamp to the Calabrian is the one who pleases me best of all.

    Cuore (Heart) Edmondo De Amicis
  • When the waiter answered the bell I asked for a glass of milk and a postage-stamp.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • I feel it in my bones, and I bet you a postage-stamp it will be my fault.

    Six Girls Fannie Belle Irving
  • 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
  • Don't pour yet, there's a cigar-clip and a postage-stamp in the bottom of that cup!

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • Thar was thousands of 'em growin' around, an' wasn't worth a postage-stamp.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
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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