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rural free delivery

former name for rural delivery service.
Abbreviation: R.F.D.
Origin of rural free delivery
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • rural free delivery cost nearly twenty-one millions, the receipts covering only about one-quarter of this sum.

  • He did turn, the next time a lightning flash showed him a turn-off beside a rural free delivery mailbox.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The fourth assistant postmaster-general has charge of the rural free delivery system,--a very important service.

    Elements of Civil Government

    Alexander L. Peterman
  • The rural free delivery consisted of a white horse, a creaking buckboard, and a young woman of determined manner.

  • Used to be seventy-two, but the Government got busy with its rural free delivery, and now we get it right at our doors.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • The telephone and the rural free delivery have come and the automobile and the daily newspaper.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • In 1897 $40,000 was the appropriation by Congress for the experiment in rural free delivery.

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
  • Two days later, the rural free delivery wagon brought encouraging news.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation

    Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • The journey towards the town was continued, and presently those in the wagon came within sight of a rural free delivery turnout.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • The mail boxes of the rural free delivery add a distinct charm to this country.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur

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