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want ad

Origin of want ad
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He handed it to her, and his eyes lighted on the "want ad" columns.

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    Arthur Somers Roche
  • Whistling over his task, Mr. Chester soon evolved the following "want ad."

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  • This description of the right sort of boy is put in the form of a "want ad" in a newspaper.

British Dictionary definitions for want ad

want ad

(informal) a classified advertisement in a newspaper, magazine, etc, for something wanted, such as property or employment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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