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mailbag

[meyl-bag]
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noun
  1. a large bag used by mail carriers for carrying mail, usually equipped with a shoulder strap.
  2. a large bag or pouch used in transporting mail in bulk from general post offices to branch offices, from city to city, etc.
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Origin of mailbag

First recorded in 1805–15; mail1 + bag
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Examples from the Web for mailbag

Historical Examples

  • "Ah, la juventud," said the old man who had brought the mailbag.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos

  • But the policeman had a mailbag to deliver that night, and we had to push on.

  • All of them therefore jumped up to greet the bearer of the mailbag, being greatly interested in news from the home folks.

  • The traineau she's all pile full of mailbag, and one man go along to drive the dog.

    Brother Billy

    Frances Maragret Fox

  • The padlock on that mailbag was all bent and bunged up when the stage smashed up against that tree.


British Dictionary definitions for mailbag

mailbag

mailsack or sometimes US mailpouch

noun
  1. a large bag used for transporting or delivering mail
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Word Origin and History for mailbag

n.

also mail-bag, 1794, from mail (n.1) + bag (n.).

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