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mail (something) in

1. Literally, to send something somewhere or to someone by mail. I mailed in the application months ago, but I still haven't heard from the university!
2. To perform a given task, duty, or activity with little or no attention, effort, or interest; to do something perfunctorily. Usually such a key player on the field, the team's star running back seems to be mailing it in this afternoon. I usually love his work in film, but he totally mailed in his performance for this voice-over role.
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The new cards, which cost $75 each, are expected to be mailed in six to nine months, said Rico Cabrera, an INS spokesman.
Researchers say this is probably because many people mailed in their ballots before these candidates dropped out of the race.