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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Tonga, Tin-can Island, (where local swimmers were used to carry the mail from shore to ship and visa-versa, in tin cans
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.
The process is called 'downstream access' which means that private mail companies have access to any point in the Royal Mail delivery network which will yield a profit after which they will leave the poor old postman to carry the mail to your door.
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.
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 woman who broke tradition 34 years ago showed her male bosses you didn't have to be a guy to carry the mail.
Before there were cars, trucks, or railroads, mail carriers sometimes used mules to carry the mail.
Contracts to carry the mail were secured by submitting bids to the post office department in Washington.
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.
First, although Farley wanted the airlines to continue to carry the mail until new contracts could be concluded, he said, "the President favored giving the service [Air Corps] an opportunity to distinguish itself.
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