from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pillar letter-box (which see, under pillar).


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  • Into this frankly pathetic scene comes a ministering angel on a pillar-box red scooter.

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  • He gives the option of using either plum or round tomatoes – I find the first gives a more watery, less intense flavour, so settle for the pillar-box red cherries I find treading a fine line between ripe and rotten at my nearby Turkish greengrocers.

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  • It berried early during the warm sunny days of autumn and looked unseasonably odd until surrounding trees dropped their leaves and wintry skies set its clusters of fat pillar-box red berries alight.

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  • Squirrels are at the unripe hazelnuts already and rowan berries are pillar-box red.

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  • The red pillar-box was the immovable post against which the irresistible force of Capitalist individualism was arrested.

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  • Eleanor went to the front door with him and stood holding it open while he went to the pillar-box.

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  • She made a great effort to tell her the truth; to tell her about the man at the pillar-box.

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  • Its long narrow face was grey; its lips moved; it was the face of the man at the pillar-box, and she was alone with it.

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  • “I was going to say — the pillar-box made me think,” Eleanor began; then she laughed.

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  • “Abercorn Terrace,” said Eleanor; “... the pillar-box,” she murmured as they drove past.

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