Definition of mailbag in English:



  • 1A large sack or bag for carrying mail.

    • ‘Julius smiled, thanked his friend again, and quietly slipped inside the large mailbag, wedging himself between two packages.’
    • ‘If people find mail or mailbags they should contact us.’
    • ‘One carries a mailbag and quietly delivers envelopes, placing them in plastic mailboxes.’
    • ‘The original mailbags weighed a lot in those days so space and volume was the main problem.’
    • ‘The honour of wearing number 2, and therefore being first out of the gate, fell to John Douglas of Saskatchewan who also got to carry the commemorative mailbag celebrating Percy's 40 years in harness.’
    • ‘A well-loved village postwoman has hung up her mailbag after four decades of deliveries.’
    • ‘He carries an empty canvas mailbag over his shoulder.’
    • ‘The mailbags may not be as full on the COD flights as they were, but are still just as important.’
    • ‘There were mailbags leaning against walls in the living room; plenty of tags, labels, envelopes, glue, string and twine to get involved with; and a general social bustle unusual for a rural household.’
    • ‘The previous Saturday a postman reported his mailbag had been stolen at 8.45 am in Forty Acres Road.’
    • ‘Professor Behan was representing Christine Perry, a former post office worker who alleged that she developed multiple sclerosis as a result of falling over a mailbag at work.’
    • ‘Work in British prisons has too often involved sewing mailbags.’
    • ‘He's picked up items ranging from a cloth mailbag to a fire extinguisher to an old newspaper, all in the interest of giving admirers a clearer picture of what life was like in the early 1940s.’
    • ‘The line, which is separate from the main tube network, is used to move 3.4 million mailbags a week.’
    • ‘He adjusted the mailbag on his shoulder as the post box came into view.’
    • ‘If a mail coach broke down, overturned, got stuck in a snow drift, or was held up by highwaymen, the guard was duty-bound to abandon it, take one of the coach horses, and ride to the next town with the mailbags slung over his shoulder.’
    • ‘He puts the letter in a mailbag by the entrance and goes outside for drills.’
    • ‘Some twenty-seven mail coaches, their paintwork buffed, their teams snorting and stamping the pavement, lined up to receive mailbags and passengers.’
    • ‘It is thought the intention was to steal mailbags.’
    • ‘His greatest thrill came on 6 August 1919 when he became the first to fly across the Gulf to Yorke Peninsula, carrying with him a full mailbag to be delivered at Minlaton where more than 6000 people were waiting for his arrival.’
    1. 1.1 The letters received by a person, especially a public figure such as a Member of Parliament.
      ‘Cambodia has been the main subject of my mailbag this week’
      • ‘Every day my mailbag is stuffed to overflowing with letters from desperate people who can't even get their dealers to be civil, leave alone helpful.’
      • ‘Got a load of mail this week - thanks to all of you for keeping the mailbag afloat.’
      • ‘In recent weeks, Royle's mailbag has been swollen by letters from anxious supporters desperate to avoid a return to the bad old days before his arrival.’
      • ‘I plan on running a mailbag each day, so feel free to send me any and all playoff questions that you have for your fantasy teams.’
      • ‘The chairman of the company got a nasty shock in his mailbag this week - a letter from the Council blaming his company for unsolved crimes costing more than £603,000.’
      • ‘Joyce's work began to attract attention from the public and she soon found her mailbag bulging with humorous, poignant, personal and often downright silly house names from around the country.’
      • ‘And right now, we're going to take an opportunity to open up our mailbag and look at some of those letters that you sent us.’
      • ‘You'll also get a real mailbag, with, like, replies and stuff, tomorrow.’
      • ‘Never in all the years I have read the mailbag have I seen such down-to-earth wisdom and good advice on this issue.’
      • ‘Shadow health minister Kay Ullrich said her mailbag is full of letters from people who say their elderly relatives are unable to eat in hospital because there is nobody to help feed them.’
      • ‘And we'll dip into our mailbag and read some of your letters.’
      • ‘York Alcohol Advice Service's mailbag has been full since urging people to sign specially-designed postcards which call on the Department of Health to invest more in alcohol treatment services.’
      • ‘But a current policy paper, Burial Law and Policy in the 21st Century, proposing radical new ways of treating the dead and their resting places, is likely to result in a huge mailbag from the general public.’
      • ‘Such scepticism has been widely voiced in the public prints, and in our mailbag too, which expresses opinions ranging from the guardedly optimistic to the gloomy.’
      • ‘Seumas Milne, Guardian comment editor, insists that the letters printed were representative of the mailbag.’
      • ‘Finding quality in the mailbag can be timeconsuming.’
      • ‘Hailey, who had farewell hugs for all her tour participants, says the most rewarding element of her job is in the mailbag.’
      • ‘Readers always fill our mailbags when we rank the league's best.’
      • ‘And finally this week, we go into our mailbag to take a look at some of your letters.’
      • ‘Scorching comments fill the mailbag this month, most of them regarding stories that ran in our July issue.’