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special delivery

noun
1.
(in the U.S. Postal Service) delivery of mail outside the regularly scheduled hours, by a special messenger, upon the payment of an extra fee.
Origin of special delivery
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85
Related forms
special-delivery, adjective
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  • Do you remember that special delivery letter I got when we were in swimming that day?

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • special delivery stamps are to be cancelled as postage stamps are cancelled.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • This will ensure the special delivery of the letter as provided for in the regulations.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • She visualized his special delivery letter, lying on her desk.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Yes, it was for them—a special delivery letter for Mrs. Merrill.

    Mary Jane's City Home Clara Ingram Judson
  • But why should she send it by special delivery if it isn't impawtant?

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • She answered by special delivery and agreed to meet him on Sunday, in the Park.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • Did you notice what Rose called the special delivery letter?

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • I'm a sort of cousin of his, and I have a special delivery letter for him.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • Now a good many of the special delivery messengers are women.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
British Dictionary definitions for special delivery

special delivery

noun
1.
the delivery of a piece of mail outside the time of a scheduled delivery
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