Definition of pillar box in English:

pillar box


  • (in the UK) a large red cylindrical public postbox.

    • ‘The first pillar boxes were erected in 1889 and the first house-to-house deliveries took place in 1896.’
    • ‘I recently posted a letter in the pillar box outside County Hall in Penrhyn Road, Kingston, at about 9.30 am.’
    • ‘Cheating reached such depths that a pillar box was set alight in an attempt to destroy completed ballot papers, she said.’
    • ‘Another pillar box in Lucan village was moved to a street in Dublin 4.’
    • ‘Thus fortified we floated off around the town, discovering on the way that I could leapfrog an enormous pillar box!’
    • ‘It was followed in the 1850s by the introduction of pillar boxes (a suggestion of Anthony Trollope), which put an end to the bellmen who had rung for final collections.’
    • ‘They have replaced it with a big pillar box in the cul-de-sac at Cross End Fold.’
    • ‘Fireworks were stuffed into the pillar box in Hastilar Road South, on the Manor estate in Sheffield, on Wednesday morning.’
    • ‘Mr Fisher said: ‘We get about 500 requests a year to remove graffiti and the most targeted areas tend to be gateways and corridors into the city, on street furniture such as Telecom or pillar boxes.’’
    • ‘Councils across Greater Manchester have swapped the ballot box for the pillar box in a bid to stamp out low turnouts.’
    • ‘British forces personnel can still post letters home in a red UK pillar box.’
    • ‘The pillar box was removed from outside the former Fishergate Post Office in Fulford Road earlier this year, following the closure of the office.’
    • ‘They are particularly keen to speak to a person seen on the film posting a letter in a pillar box.’
    • ‘Firefighters were called to the fire in the pillar box in Stray Road, Burnholme, at about 7.20 last night after receiving reports that two rockets had been put inside it.’
    • ‘If you're American, drop it into a mailbox; if British, into a pillar box (whence, confusingly, their mail is collected by the US Postal Service and our post by Royal Mail).’
    • ‘Before its installation, the nearest pillar box was on the Hilton Road estate meaning residents had to cross busy Somnes Avenue and face a ten to 15 minute trek.’
    • ‘A pillar box was set alight in the Washwood Heath ward, apparently to destroy postal votes.’
    • ‘Why has my accountant chosen late December to send me a card with a picture of a pillar box on it, and my lawyer one with a picture of an umbrella on it?’
    • ‘As I continued round the green I saw that these sheets were stuck up everywhere, on hoardings, on pillar boxes, on passing dogs, on to the faces of tramps (OK, not the last two).’
    • ‘In the course of her work as suffragette organiser Miss Schuster, a spinster, we are told, used to firebomb pillar boxes.’


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