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special delivery stamp

a stamp of special design, having a value indicating an extra fee in addition to the regular postage, and affixed to an item of mail to ensure its special delivery.
Origin of special delivery stamp
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He did not suggest a cablegram or even a special delivery stamp.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • I'm putting a special delivery stamp on this, Sally dear, so you'll get it before the other one.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • On July 15th, the work was finished, registered, and entrusted to the mail with a special delivery stamp.

  • The convenient "special delivery stamp" (ten cents) entitles a letter to immediate delivery by special messenger.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • Staff turned the envelope over in his hands, remarking the name, address, postmark and special delivery stamp.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • I will hurry to the nearest drug store for a special delivery stamp and mail the letter at once.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • If the news is big, it is best to put a special delivery stamp on the envelop and wire the paper of the story by mail.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • The date of the first issue of the special delivery stamp to postmasters is given as the 28th June, 1898.

  • Then, as though he could hurry the trains East, he put a special delivery stamp on it.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I remember a letter I received one day from Sing Sing with a special delivery stamp announcing its urgency.

    After Prison - What? Maud Ballington Booth

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