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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

With payment when something, typically a package, when it is delivered. You know, you're expected to pay cash on delivery when the package gets here.
See also: cash, delivery, on

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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