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special delivery

1. A postal service by which letters or packages are delivered outside of the scheduled mail delivery times for an extra fee. I sent that parcel by special delivery so that you would get it in time for your birthday.
2. A phrase said humorously when giving something to someone, especially if the item is unappealing. A: "Special delivery: here's the report you need to work on!" B: "Gee, thanks."
See also: delivery, special

cash on delivery

Payment for a purchase when it is delivered, as opposed to paying in advance at the time of ordering You know, you're expected to pay cash on delivery when the package gets here. I'm sorry, but we no longer offer cash on delivery for any orders placed online or over the phone.
See also: cash, delivery, on

pay (for something) cash on delivery

To pay for a purchase when it is delivered (whether in cash or by some other means), as opposed to paying in advance at the time of ordering. I always prefer to pay cash on delivery so I can inspect my order before handing over any money. If you do not have a credit card when ordering online or over the phone, you can arrange to pay for your purchase cash on delivery.
See also: cash, delivery, on, pay

pay (for something) collect on delivery

To pay for a purchase when it is delivered, as opposed to paying in advance at the time of ordering. I always prefer to pay collect on delivery so I can inspect my order before handing over any money. If you do not have a credit card when ordering online or over the phone, you can arrange to pay for your purchase collect on delivery.
See also: collect, delivery, on, pay

send (something) collect on delivery

To dispatch something to a recipient who must pay for it upon successful delivery. All our products are sent collect on delivery, so please be sure to have payment ready when your item arrives. I asked them to send the furniture collect on delivery so I could inspect it before handing over any money.
See also: collect, delivery, on, send

send (something) cash on delivery

To dispatch something to a recipient who must pay for it upon successful delivery (whether in cash or by some other means). All our products are sent cash on delivery, so please be sure to have payment ready when your item arrives. I asked them to send the furniture cash on delivery so I could inspect it before handing over any money.
See also: cash, delivery, on, send

ˌcash on deˈlivery

(abbr. COD) a system of paying for goods when they are delivered: Do I need to pay now or will you take cash on delivery?
See also: cash, delivery, on
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86-272 does not provide guidance as to whether delivery by a company in its own vehicles will comprise a protected activity under Federal law.
He said that his personal copy, mailed about a mile from his home, varied in delivery from the next day to two weeks.
The third element required physicians to engage in the political process of negotiation regarding health care delivery.
The results were similar in analyses that included only births for which complete records were available and in analyses restricted to births that occurred at or after 40 weeks' gestation (to exclude any women who had planned a cesarean delivery at term but had undergone an emergency procedure before the scheduled date).
86-272 extends immunity to the solicitation of orders and to the shipment or delivery of the goods ordered.
As early as the 1940s, Congress recognized the variety of delivery systems and that some did not involve an employment relationship between the newspaper publisher and delivery agents.