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land office

noun
  1. a government office for the transaction of business relating to public lands.
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Origin of land office

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85
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Historical Examples of land office

  • After dinner Hans stood in the doorway and pointed out the land-office.

    A Breath of Prairie and other stories

    Will Lillibridge

  • A land-office was opened in that village, the first of its kind in America.

  • Mollie did a land-office business, but she had no time to rest day or night.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • At this place, also, is located the land-office for the district.

  • The land-office for that region is at Alexandria in Douglas County.

    The Seat of Empire

    Charles Carleton Coffin


British Dictionary definitions for land office

land office

noun
  1. US and Canadian an office that administers the sale of public land
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