Dead-letter office

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dead-letter office a department of the general post office where dead letters are examined and disposed of.
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Usage

In literature:

It would go to the Dead Letter Office, since there was no Harold.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Chesnel's letter certainly reached his friend's office, but Maitre Sorbier was dead; and Mme.
"The Collection of Antiquities" by Honore de Balzac
I was summoned by letter into the country to perform an operation on the dead body of a young man, formerly an officer in the army.
"Miscellaneous Studies: A Series of Essays" by Walter Horatio Pater
Hope it's not chucked in the dead letter office.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He had written to her in her London lodgings, first of all, but the letter was returned from the Dead Letter Office.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
You will be surprised to learn that something over four millions of letters are sent to the Dead-letter Office every year.
"Harper's Young People, January 13, 1880" by Various
Dead-letter Office, The, 114.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
The letter was returned from the dead-letter office after many days.
"The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson
After a long time it came back from the German dead-letter office.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
I got it back in the face by way of the dead-letter office where they know me.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
The letter came back to me from the dead letter office.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
Parcels posted without the formalities required are sent to the Dead Letter Office, Ottawa.
"Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery" by Clifton Armstrong Howes
If we expect a letter to reach its destination we put a stamp on it; otherwise it goes to the Dead-letter Office.
"In Answer to Prayer" by W. Boyd Carpenter
In 1784 only a part of the dead letters and letters that had been missent went to the newly-created dead letter office.
"The History of the Post Office" by Herbert Joyce
I see you are wanted at the Dead-letter office of the Post-office about some business which concerns you.
"The Royal Mail" by James Wilson Hyde
Where is our Dead-Letter Office for such?
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
But our letters came back from the Dead Letter Office.
"Girls of Highland Hall" by Carolyn Watson Rankin
It was a yellow envelope and it bore the dull black insignia of the dead-letter office.
"The Rest Hollow Mystery" by Rebecca N. Porter
The dead letter office sounds as if it was for that.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
A letter was once sent from the Dead Letter Office at Washington, containing rail road scrip to a considerable amount.
"Ten Years Among the Mail Bags" by James Holbrook
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In news:

In a letter addressed to the Arkansas State Police, 13th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Robin Carroll deemed deadly force necessary in the January shootout between officers and Donnie Hux .
In a letter addressed to the Arkansas State Police, 13th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Robin Carroll deemed deadly force necessary in the January shootout between officers and Donnie Hux.
Is the US Postal Service headed for the dead letter office.
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