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in the post

1. In the process of being sent or delivered by the public mail system. Primarily heard in UK. I hope my mother's letter hasn't gotten lost in the post! They said that my work permit is in the post. I hope it arrives soon!
2. In a letterbox or other point of collection for delivery by the public mail system. Primarily heard in UK. I put your cheque in the post yesterday, so it should reach you the end of the week.
See also: post

be pipped to the post

To be defeated or overcome by someone by a very narrow margin or at the final, crucial moment, especially in a race, competition, or athletic event. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Ireland. The favoured runner held the lead for the majority of the race, but he was pipped to the post by a relatively unknown competitor in the final 100 metres. It appears the current MP has been pipped to the post, being narrowly defeated by the youngest person to ever serve in parliament.
See also: pip, post

pip (someone) at the post

To defeat or succeed over someone by a very narrow margin or at the final, crucial moment, especially in a race, competition, or athletic event. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Ireland. The favoured runner held the lead for the majority of the race, but a relatively unknown competitor pipped him at the post in the final 100 metres. It appears the young candidate is set to pip his competitor at the post for his seat in parliament, which would make him the youngest candidate from this constituency to do so in nearly 60 years.
See also: pip, post

pip (someone) to the post

To defeat or succeed over someone by a very narrow margin or at the final, crucial moment, especially in a race, competition, or athletic event. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Ireland. The favoured runner held the lead for the majority of the race, but a relatively unknown competitor pipped him to the post in the final 100 metres. It appears the young candidate is set to pip his competitor to the post for his seat in parliament, which would make him the youngest candidate from this constituency to do so in nearly 60 years.
See also: pip, post

far post

In soccer (football), the goal post that is farthest from the player in possession of the ball. That was a great save—I never thought the goalie would get to the far post that fast!
See also: far, post

near post

In football (soccer), the goal post that is closest to the player in possession of the ball. Kick it toward the near post!
See also: near, post

by return mail and by return post

by a subsequent mailing (back to the sender). (A phrase indicating that an answer is expected very soon, by mail.) Since this bill is overdue, would you kindly send us your check by return mail? I answered your request by return post over a year ago. Please check your records.
See also: and, mail, post, return

*deaf as a post

deaf. (*Also:as ~.) When my cousin was a teenager, she played her drum set without ear protection, and she was as deaf as a post by the age of twenty-five. Mark can't hear you even if you shout; he's deaf as a post.
See also: deaf, post

from pillar to post

Fig. from one place to a series of other places; (figuratively) from person to person, as with gossip. My father was in the army, and we moved from pillar to post year after year. After I told one person my secret, it went quickly from pillar to post.
See also: pillar, post

keep someone posted

Fig. to keep someone informed (of what is happening); to keep someone up to date. If the price of corn goes up, I need to know. Please keep me posted. Keep her posted about the patient's status.
See also: keep, post

post someone (somewhere)

to place someone, as if on guard, at something or some place. The police chief posted a guard at the hospital door. The boss posted himself at the water cooler to catch up on the gossip.

post something on something

to fasten a notice onto something. Please post this notice on the door where everyone will see it. I will post this photo on the bulletin board.
See also: on, post

post something to someone

to mail something to someone. I posted it to him over a month ago. I can't imagine where it is now. The letter was posted last week.
See also: post

post something up

to record a transaction in an account. I'll post this charge up right away, and then you can check out. Please post up the charges a little later.
See also: post, up

send someone from pillar to post

Fig. to send someone to many different places, none of which is the correct place. (Compare this with send someone on a wild-goose chase.) Jill sent Roger from pillar to post to look for a special kind of paper. Roger was sent from pillar to post with his problem.
See also: pillar, post, send

keep you posted

to make sure you know what is happening The doctors kept me posted about her condition.
Usage notes: usually refers to a situation that is quickly changing
See also: keep, post

be as deaf as a post

  (British, American & Australian informal) also be as deaf as a doorknob/doornail (Australian)
to be completely deaf She's 89 and as deaf as a post.
See fall on deaf ears, turn a deaf ear
See also: deaf, post

be first past the post

  (British & Australian)
if someone is first past the post in a competition, they are the first to achieve something The Russian team were first past the post in the race to complete the expedition.
See also: first, past, post

keep somebody posted

to make sure that someone always knows what is happening (sometimes + on ) Keep me posted on anything that happens while I'm away.
See also: keep, post

from pillar to post

  (British & Australian)
if someone goes from pillar to post, they are forced to keep moving from one place to another After his mother died, Billy was passed from pillar to post and ended up in a children's home.
See a pillar of strength
See also: pillar, post

be pipped at/to the post

  (British & Australian)
to be beaten in a competition or race by a very small amount I'd have won quite a lot of money but my horse was pipped to the post.
See also: pip, post

post-haste

  (formal)
as quickly as possible A letter was dispatched post-haste to their offices.

deaf as a post

Also, deaf as an adder. Unable to hear or to listen, as in Speak louder, Grandpa's deaf as a post. The first simile has its origin in John Palsgrave's Acolastus (1540): "How deaf an ear I intended to give him ... he were as good to tell his tale to a post." It has largely replaced deaf as an adder, alluding to an ancient belief that adders cannot hear; it is recorded in the Bible (Psalms 58:3-5).
See also: deaf, post

from pillar to post

From one thing or place to another, hither and thither. For example, After Kevin joined the Air Force, the family kept moving from pillar to post. This expression began life in the early 1400s as from post to pillar, an order no longer used, and is thought to allude to the banging about of a ball in the game of court tennis.
See also: pillar, post

keep posted

Supply with up-to-date information, as in Keep me posted about your new job. This usage alludes to the accounting practice of posting the latest figures in a ledger. [Early 1800s]
See also: keep, post

send someone from pillar to post

tv. to send someone from place to place; to give someone the runaround. Red tape everywhere I went. They sent me from pillar to post until closing time.
See also: pillar, post, send

from pillar to post

From one place to another; hither and thither.
See also: pillar, post
References in classic literature ?
Here two or three of the leading partners from Montreal proceeded once a year to meet the partners from the various trading posts of the wilderness, to discuss the affairs of the company during the preceding year, and to arrange plans for the future.
The house swarmed at this time with traders and voyageurs, some from Montreal, bound to the interior posts; some from the interior posts, bound to Montreal.
Jealousy and the ambition and intrigue of another officer had lost him the favor of his emperor, and he had been detailed to this frontier post as a mark of his sovereign's displeasure.
I had been a prisoner at the little frontier post for over a month, when orders came to Colonel Belik to hasten to the eastern frontier with the major portion of his command, leaving only one troop to garrison the fort.
Often we passed small posts similar to that at which the colonel's regiment had been quartered, finding in each instance that only a single company or troop remained for defence, the balance having been withdrawn toward the northeast, in the same direction in which we were moving.
The old street sweeper at my elbow told me that these were the gifts brought in from the far outlying districts by the commanding officers of the frontier posts.
From the south they brought rugs and ornaments and jewels; from the west, slaves; for the commanding officers of the western frontier posts had naught else to bring.
The most serious fact is that Monsieur Darzac was, at the very same time that his double presented himself at the Post Office, scheduled for a lecture at the Sorbonne.
As those within hastily closed the windows and the doors, they urged him by looks and signs to fly without loss of time, and called to him many times to do so; but he only shook his head indignantly in answer, and stood the firmer on his post.
An official said that the number of post offices has been reduced from 80 to 56 in the Rawalpindi city and 24 post offices have been merged with central post offices or those post offices located in safe areas.
Abu Dhabi Central Post Office and Humdan Post Office in Abu Dhabi; in Dubai, Dubai Central Post Office and Al Khor Post Office; in Sharjah, Sharjah Central Post Office, Ghuwair Post Office and Khorfakkan Post Office.
Only main post offices will be open from 9am to 1pm from August 17 to the third day of Eid on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
It took me about 20 years after Vietnam to become a member,'' said Chuck Sweeney, commander of Post 6885, located just up the road from Post 6110.
The Chronicle revealed earlier this week how the Post Office was planning the drastic action in a bid to ward off bad debts.
It will cause the post player to commit fouls for pushing off or charging into the weakside defender.