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by return mail
Through mail correspondence back to the sender. Please indicate your interest in this offer by return mail.
by return post
Through mail correspondence back to the sender. Please indicate your interest in this offer by return post.
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.
cheque is in the mail
Payment (whether or not in the form of a cheque) is en route or will be sent shortly. Often used as an excuse to avoid the pressure of creditors or someone expecting payment for goods or services. Primarily heard in UK, Canada. A: "Mr. Smith, your mortgage payment is now two months overdue." B: "The cheque's in the mail, I promise you!" A: "Can you lend me $40 until I get paid next week?" B: "Sure thing, the cheque's in the mail."
Unsolicited mail that the recipient is not interested in or does not want, often advertisements. Nothing exciting came today—just a few bills and some junk mail.
A prayer. (A play on "e-mail.") Our minister is trying to show the younger members of the congregation the value of putting their phones away and sending knee-mail instead. I find that knee-mail helps me find my way whenever I feel unsure of myself or what to do next.
mail (something) from (some place)
To send a letter or package through the postal system from some country, city, or particular building. I had to complete the form on the plane and mail it from San Francisco, so it may take a few days longer to reach you than I thought. I'll mail the box from work so I don't have to pay the exorbitant shipping costs myself.
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.
mail (something) to (one)
To send a letter or package through the postal system to one. I've got to mail this check to the phone company before they shut off my phone lines! I'll have to leave some things here when I move—will you be able to mail them to me later?
mail it in
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 it in for this voice-over role.
Paper mail sent through the postal service (as opposed to email). Snails are thought of as very slow. A: "Did we get any exciting snail mail today?" B: "Nah, just some bills." Wait, you sent the invitations by snail mail? Why didn't you just do e-vites?
the check is in the mail
cliché Payment (whether or not in the form of a check) is en route or will be sent shortly. Often used as an excuse to avoid the pressure of creditors or someone expecting payment. Primarily heard in US. A: "Mr. Smith, your mortgage payment is now two months overdue." B: "The check's in the mail, I promise you!" A: "Can you lend me $40 until I get paid next week?" B: "Sure thing, the check's in the mail."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
annoying, unsolicited mail, such as promotional letters, etc. I am so incredibly tired of getting pound after pound of junk mail every day. I could just scream.
mail something from some place
to send something by mail from a particular place. I mailed the check from my office. I will mail it from the main post office.
mail something to someone
to send something to someone by mail. I mailed the check to you yesterday. I mailed a gift to my niece.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Third-class mail, such as unsolicited advertisements and flyers, that is sent indiscriminately. For example, While we were on vacation the front hall filled up with junk mail. [c. 1950]
Ordinary postal service, as opposed to electronic communications. For example, He hasn't taken to his computer so he's still using snail mail. This slangy idiom, alluding to the alleged slowness of the snail, caught on at least partly for its rhyme. [1980s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ˈsnail mail(informal, humorous) used especially by people who use email on computers to describe the system of sending letters by ordinary mail: I’d love to hear from you, either by email or snail mail.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
n. prayer. (A message delivered on one’s knees.) You’d better be sending some knee-mail on this problem.
n. money. The bills are due. I need some mail.
n. post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snail-mail.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
check is in the mail, the
A delaying tactic. Originally addressed to creditors to assure them their money was on the way, even if it was not, the term dates from the second half of the 1900s. Publishers Weekly (Jan. 31, 2005) used it in a headline for a piece about a wholesaler’s cash problems: “Is Baker & Taylor’s Check in the Mail?”
See also: check
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer