carry the mail (for someone)

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carry the mail (for someone)

To work assiduously, especially in a central role of some difficult or demanding task. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. With their captain out with an injury, it's up to their young star player to carry the mail for the team in this game. The boss carried the mail himself to make sure this project was completed on time.
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To help assure that the mail would flow efficiently between New York and Boston, Franklin laid out three "post roads" for the riders hired to carry the mail.
Present day 'Pony Express' riders will carry the mail for only 29 cents.
Since 1847, stamps -- those tiny yet magnificent works of art -- have helped carry the mail to virtually every home and business in America and throughout the world," said Jon Steele, vice president of the Postal Service's Northeast Area.
Dern followed this line and went somewhat further claiming that despite the "regrettable accidents," the Air Corps proved it could carry the mail.
Burleson and his deputy, Otto Praeger, believed that aircraft could carry the mail back and forth across the country in a fraction of the time it took to move by train or truck--a tremendous boon for business and the American economy in general.
The thousands of dedicated employees who carry the mail salute the millions of Americans who defended our nation," said Postmaster General John Potter, who will dedicate the stamp.
The woman who broke tradition 34 years ago showed her male bosses you didn't have to be a guy to carry the mail.
Rogue River Mail Boats have been carrying letters and freight to isolated upstream settlements since 1895; they still carry the mail, but today's 30- to 60-passenger hydro-jets operate mainly as tour boats through the scenic lower canyon.
Letter carriers do much more than carry the mail," Sombrotto said.
Bowman allows Larabee to ride in the mail truck and carry the mail.
But I'm glad I don't have to carry the mail over there every day.
Early on, stagecoaches were used to carry the mail from town to town.
The men who carry the mail in heavily armed convoys--Americans, Bosnians, Afghans, Fijians--call themselves the Pony Express, in homage to the short-lived mail service that connected California with Missouri before the Civil War.
For Frye and T&WA, when it became evident that the Army pilots were not equipped to fly the mail, the contracts were restored through competitive bidding thus allowing the airlines to once again carry the mail with greater efficiency and safety thus beginning their recovery of lost revenues.