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postal

[pohs-tl] /ˈpoʊs tl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the post office or mail service:
postal delivery; postal employees.
noun
2.
Informal. postal card.
Idioms
3.
go postal, Slang. to lose control or go crazy, especially in a violent way.
Origin of postal
1835-1845
1835-45; post3 + -al1; def. 3 in reference to incidents of violence among postal workers in the early 1990s
Related forms
postally, adverb
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Examples from the Web for postal
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  • And we have a postal delivery every day in summer; when winter comes we get letters as we can.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • An hour afterwards a postal express was bearing me rapidly from Kislovodsk.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Do you think I had better place the matter in the hands of the postal authorities?

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Still the brother sent a postal order, and it became part of the system.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • She had not counted on the postal arrangements of the English Sabbath.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for postal

postal

/ˈpəʊstəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a Post Office or to the mail-delivery service
Derived Forms
postally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for postal
adj.

"pertaining to the mail system," 1843, on model of French postale (1836), from post (n.3). Noun meaning "state of irrational and violent anger" (usually in phrase going postal) attested by 1997, in reference to a cluster of news-making workplace shootings in U.S. by what were commonly described as "disgruntled postal workers" (the cliche itself, though not the phrase, goes back at least to 1994).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for postal

postal

adjective

Whacko, flipped

noun

A state of irrational, psychotic anger and disorientation (mid-1990s+ Teenagers)

Related Terms

go postal

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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